Blur drummer Dave Rowntree encourages young people in Norwich to vote

Dave Rowntree, formerly from Blur, has been elected to University division in Norwich. Picture: Deni

Dave Rowntree, formerly from Blur, has been elected to University division in Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant copyright 2011

After winning a seat for Labour in the Norfolk County Council elections, Dave Rowntree will be using his new position to help raise political awareness among students.

The drummer from indie band, Blur, will be visiting Access To Music college in Norwich today to talk with students about music and politics.

The aim of his visit is to encourage young people to vote in the upcoming election, on the deadline day for voter registrations.

Mr Rowntree was elected to the University division in Norwich earlier this month after winning a majority of 843 above his closest challenger, Conservative Gary Walsh.

Dan Foden, Delivery and Performance Manager at Access to Music, said: 'As a college and organisation, we have been working hard to engage young people in politics and the voting process.


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'When I connected with Dave through Twitter recently the idea struck me that a major name from the music world would be great to help us deliver the message.'

He added: 'This isn't about telling them how to vote, but why voting is important.'

MORE: Too cool for school! What it's like to follow in Ed Sheeran's footsteps at Access to Music Norwich

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