Rock Challenge Tribute

85 Whitehaven Academy Students are once again on their way to Grimsby to compete in the Northern Premier Finals of Rock Challenge, an international event run by the Be Your Best Foundation.

The Whitehaven Academy team showcased their performance to a sold out audience on the 22nd April at the Sands Centre, Carlisle and gained 10 awards of excellence in the process, including the Spirit of Rock Challenge Award which shows the team are totally dedicated to the ethos of the whole Rock Challenge event. At Grimsby, on Saturday 2nd July, the team will compete against 10 other premier performing schools in an attempt to become Northern Premier Champions. The performance will be a culmination of 10 months of hard work, dedication and teamwork.

Their theme, “104” is a tear-jerking piece paying tribute to the 104 people who lost their lives in the William Pit Disaster on the 15th August 1947. The piece portrays the courage of the local miners, the strength of the wives, mothers and children who waited hopefully for their men to return home and the dedication of the rescue teams who toiled to save fellow miners.

After 30 hours of hard graft, all hope of recovering survivors was abandoned. Outside, wives, mothers and loved ones lined the streets with hope and anticipation, however they were distraught to find that their men would never return.

This theme was chosen as it is very meaningful and personal to our academy and the local community. People in the team lost family members to this tragic accident and are proud to be competing in their honour which makes the whole piece even more poignant.

Team 104 will be beaming with pride as they represent the fallen on the National stage in just over two weeks time.

Written by Keavy Horricks, Year 12