Success story for annual seafront Shout session

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Shout 2013 was held on the Western Lawns last month and has been hailed a huge success.

More than 650 people took part in the mass singing event, which was part of the Eastbourne Festival and organised by Ratton School.

Miz Wells from the school, which also co-ordinated a 70 strong team of shout leaders and performers, said, “Congratulations to the Shout Leaders and staff at Ratton School for bringing together so many people to share in the songs and create another community memory.

“Also a huge thank you to all the schools, choirs and other organisations, such as Just Unique, and Carnival Ice Creams who got involved, and a massive well done to everyone who came along, and sang along.”

St Andrews and Motcombe Infant, Parkland Infant, Ratton and Ocklynge schools came to boost the volume to the ongs and local community choirs Eastbourne, Old Town and The Archway entertained and warmed up the crowds before the spotlight turned on the audience.

Musical accompaniement was provided by Ratton school band Ratton Rocks.

The Shout kicked off with the Voices Choir almost overflowing the stage to lead everyone in an infectious and fun rendition of Mamma Mia, All that Jazz, Elton John’s Circle of Life, Summer Nights from Grease and Do You Hear the People Sing.

Mizz said, “The event was rounded off with an attempt to make our 650 plus voices travel as far as Pevensey. I doubt anyone in Pevensey did hear us, but we gave it a good go and one unsuspecting participant was treated to 650 people singing her Happy Birthday, a year I’m sure she won’t forget.

“This year’s Shout was all about the musicals and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

“We really hope to see everyone the same time, same place next year.”

Eastbourne Shout is a community singing project funded and organised by Ratton School with the aim of bringing together as many people as possible from as many walks of life as possible to share in a few songs.

Mizz said, “We aim to promote engagement in the arts and community cohesion by creating shared memories in community spaces.“

The very first Eastbourne Shout event took place on the Western Lawns four years ago and over the years events have featured music from the 1980s, Christmas songs and holiday tunes.

For more information contact Community Arts Officer Miz Wells at Ratton School on m.wells@ratton.e-sussex.sch.uk or telephone Eastbourne 514322 during school hours.