St Aidan’s students are on the beat

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PUPILS from St Aidan’s High School have come third in this year’s Northern Beat theatrical competition.

The Preesall school was among six from across Fylde, Lancaster and Wyre who made it through to the final of the event, held at Lancaster’s Grand Theatre.

Northern Beat is a multi-agency project working with young people from local high schools to look at ways in which dance and drama can be used to get across messages about the harm and consequences of substance misuse. The competition is funded by Lancashire Drug & Alcohol Action Team, and supported by Lancashire Constabulary and Lancashire County Council.

13 schools from the Lancaster, Fylde and Wyre districts entered a 10-15 minute drama piece on the theme ‘tackling anti-social behaviour together.’

Six of the schools were then shortlisted for the final, with Fleetwood going on to scoop first place; Carr Hill High Schoolin Kirkham taking second place and St Aidan’s claiming third.

PC John Davis, Lancashire Police, said: “This is the third year Northern Beat has run and each year takes a slightly different angle. This year’s theme is the links between alcohol and drug misuse and the impact this has on anti-social behaviour, for the individuals, their friends and families, and the local community.”

Helene Cooper, Lancashire County Council’s community safety and justice coordinator for Lancaster, Fylde & Wyre districts, said: “The hard-hitting subject matter of substance misuse and its various impacts is delivered from a young person’s perspective, as the pupils researched and developed the competition entry themselves.

“This was also a real opportunity to celebrate in the success and achievements of the young people from our local neighbourhoods of Lancaster, Fylde and Wyre.”

Tom Woodcock, strategic director for Lancashire Drug and Alcohol Action Team (LDAAT) said: “We believe the Northern Beat is an excellent example of how to engage with young people on the subject of drugs and alcohol and demonstrates our commitment to the requirements of the current National Drugs Strategy by providing high quality education in order to reduce demand.”