Angel Road Junior School pupils practise sounds of the Caribbean

The Angel Road, Steel Band practicing ahead of this year's Lord Mayors Procession.

The Angel Road, Steel Band practicing ahead of this year's Lord Mayors Procession. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

The sounds of carnival are in the air as preparations are well under way at one school for the city's biggest street party.

Pupils at Angel Road Junior School have been rehearsing ahead of the Lord Mayor's Procession in July.

Children at the school, led by teacher Sue Graham, have been practising in after school clubs with some learning to play the Caribbean sounds of steel pans and others are involved in baton twirling.

The school has been taking part for the last 13 years and last year came second overall in the prize-giving.

Other schools in the area have also been getting in on the action with Catton Grove Primary School taking part for the second year in a row with its pupils busy practising their drumming and dancing.

The drumming will form part of the school's Viking theme for the year, with Mrs Barnes's Year 6 class studying the Nordic tribes in their history classes.

Ellie Barnes, a Year 6 teacher at the school, said: 'We had a massive amount of support from parents and staff last year and this year we are hoping to get as many people involved as possible.'

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Pupils have been getting things ready in lunchtime clubs and after school.

Earlier this year, Judith Lubbock, Lord Mayor of Norwich, encouraged those considering it to get involved.

'I'd like to encourage anyone interested in taking part this year to go for it. Norwich City Council's organisation of the event is superb, making a safe environment for everyone to enjoy themselves,' she said.

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