PIGEON pop is on the wing in the Dearne, with a wild new band helping to spread vital messages around schools.
Yorkshire rocksters, Being 747 caused a flutter, when they launched their mini-pop opera last week at St Helen’s RC Primary School, Hoyland (above).
They caught youngsters’ attention by breaking into song, wearing PIGEON HEADS, to front a campaign for Old Moor RSPB Reserve at Wombwell.
The “lesson” also saw group lead singer Dave Cooke do an Elvis impression... while strumming a large rubber salmon!
The Environment Agency and Dearne Valley Green Heart scheme are behind the project, to inform people about ongoing work to help Dearne wildlife and stem flooding problems.
Former Wath teacher and volunteer Tony Dodsworth said: “Everyone involved had a brilliant day and it shows how important it is to create compelling learning experiences”.
The production, entitled In the Valley, targets top primary classes and the first two years at secondaries. It includes seven catchy pop songs, audience involvement, a multi-media visual show... and daft props.
Special guest John Lyon, Programme Director for the Geographical Association, said: “What an exciting way to get across to children some of the key geographical issues facing the world”.