Skeletons stealing the show at festival

MAKE no bones about it – a dancing skeleton and a set of young dancers are set to steal the show at Felixstowe's golden jubilee festival.Ten children from the town's junior schools have been picked to take centre stage with an energetic display based on the song The Music Man.

MAKE no bones about it – a dancing skeleton and a set of young dancers are set to steal the show at Felixstowe's golden jubilee festival.

Ten children from the town's junior schools have been picked to take centre stage with an energetic display based on the song The Music Man.

The routine – which has been choreographed by dancer teacher Sheryl Southernwood – features the youngsters dancing with a skeleton and a clown, and the music man, plus supporting cast.

Hundreds of their school friends will be there to see them perform the piece as part of the Felixstowe BBC Music Live Golden Jubilee Festival on June 3.

Nigel Dixon, of East Coast Entertainment and Promotions, said: "It should be very colourful and exciting and the children have been working very hard.

"We wanted to do something particularly with children involved as children is one of the Queen's key themes for her jubilee celebrations.

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"She wants youngsters to be involved and we thought The Music Man would be a great idea to unite children for an event and show everyone their talents."

The theme of the piece – which will be staged at 2pm on June 3 in front of the Spa Pavilion steps and last 30 minutes – is celebration.

It is one of a number of special items at the golden jubilee festival, an 11-hour extravaganza of entertainment along a mile of seafront between Bath Hill and the funfair in Sea Road.

More than 60 bands will be taking part, playing a wide range of music on different stages. There will also be an It's A Knockout competition, street entertainers, refreshments, air display, karaoke marathon, fireworks and the lighting of beacons as part of the national chain.

A big screen is also being set up so that people can watch the live concert from the grounds of Buckingham Palace.