Pupils are rockin’ all over the world

Jeff Rich from Status Quo visits Upton Primary School
Jeff Rich from Status Quo visits Upton Primary School

IT was Fun Fun Fun for pupils last week as they were visited by a rock ‘n’ roll legend.

The youngsters from Upton Primary School were told to All Stand Up to welcome Jeff Rich – former drummer from legendary band, Status Quo.

He gave several performances to display his talent and was so impressed by 10-year-old budding drummer Bradley Lloyd’s skills he gave him a pair of his drumsticks.

He then taught the school’s 450 children about the history and culture of drumming in a workshop, along with four South Africans who visited the school in a week-long exchange programme.

Headteacher Paul Franklin said it was great to have such an influential musician in the school.

He said: “Jeff was fantastic to have in school and really tried to include everyone.

“The pupils were all engaged and really interested and it was perfect timing as our South African guests also enjoyed it, they took to it like ducks to water. It was a fantastic afternoon.”

The school is in partnership with Ebony Park Primary School, near Johannesburg, and have regular visits.

A pupil from the school came to stay along with his headteacher, deputy headteacher and member of the local authority.