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Youngsters celebrate Ipswich's history

PUBLISHED: 03:39 04 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

A GROUP of youngsters from an Ipswich school have entertained crowds at the town's museum.

Several of Copleston High's sixth form performing arts class put on an entertaining and lively display of drama, dance and music entitled "A History of Ipswich"

The purpose of the event was to commemorate the town's charter wall hangings, which depict life in Ipswich down the centuries and can be seen in the borough council museum, in High Street.

A GROUP of youngsters from an Ipswich school have entertained crowds at the town's museum.

Several of Copleston High's sixth form performing arts class put on an entertaining and lively display of drama, dance and music entitled "A History of Ipswich"

The purpose of the event was to commemorate the town's charter wall hangings, which depict life in Ipswich down the centuries and can be seen in the borough council museum, in High Street.

The performance is a requirement of the students' performing arts A-Level, which requires them to put on a performance for the public, about their local area.

Eileen O'Connor is a performing arts teacher at the school and saw the link between the wall hangings and the rich local history they tell too good an opportunity to miss.

She said: "The students did a fantastic job telling 800 years of town history in a 35 minute performance."

The performance included drama and period dances from each century that is depicted on the wall hangings. It also included music composed and performed by the students.

Museum curator David Lampard commented: "The performance seemed to go down very well, and received an appreciative round of applause.

"Even a group of Spanish tourists who happened to be in the museum were spellbound!"

Performers also wore period attire that created more than a hint of authenticity to the show.

Eileen was very proud of her student's efforts: "They did a fantastic job, performing in public is not an easy thing to do but they were brilliant."

Also in the appreciative crowd of about 50 were pupils from Beacon Hill School.


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