Youngsters take to the stage for Battle of the Bands

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Youngsters took to the stage in front of hundreds of fans at this year’s West Yorkshire Police Battle of the Bands competition.

Castleford Academy’s Third Knight impressed the judges with their rendition of The Who’s My Generation and their own song My Revolver to win overall best performance.

Caitlin and Lili – a duo from King’s School in Pontefract – also claimed a prize after they sang Foster the People’s Pumped Up Kicks.

Outwood Academy’s Loz Campbell was also given a special mention. All three acts will now spend half a day in a recording studio.

Phil Needham, Wakefield Music Education Hub’s principal, said: “The standard was amazing. As judges we all found it very difficult to decide on the winners – they were all so close.

“It was great to see a bunch of kids from different communities getting along so well – they were all cheering one another on and were helping one another during last minute rehearsals prior to the gig. That on its own made the whole event worthwhile.”

The event, organised by West Yorkshire Police, aims to promote community spirit and identify young talented musicians.

Each of the bands performed a cover song as well as one written by themselves on the theme of crime, anti-social behaviour, homelessness and bullying.

The event was the fourth year it has been held.

Organiser Sgt Alan Studd, of Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team, said: “Every year the standard gets better and better. We are lucky to have so many talented youngsters in the Wakefield area – they are our role models for the future.

“Their parents and teachers should also accept a pat on the back for supporting them and helping them realise their dreams.”