Ten-year-olds' hit road for music tour
THEY'VE got a tour bus, a playlist and a schedule to keep.
Now the Randoms are setting out to brighten up the days of people living in care homes in and around Beverley.
The group are unique among touring entertainers in that they are all 10-year-old girls.
Pearl Hearson, Stephanie Blackbourn, Catherine McEgan, Alice Walker and Grace Walker are friends at Beverley Minster C of E school.
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They launched their 2012 Summer Jubilee Roadshow – which includes giving away gift hampers as well as providing musical entertainment – as part of the Humberside Police Lifestyle Project.
Stephanie said: "I love dancing. I think I've been dancing since I was born.
"I do like musicals and also classical music but I like other kinds of music as well."
The girls have been out collecting gifts of books, CDs and board games for their hampers.
They have also carefully picked their musical choices to appeal to their audiences, which are aged in their 70s, 80s and even older. Choices range from Elvis to The Sound Of Music.
Stephanie said: "We're doing songs that were out in their time, things like Do-Re-Mi.
"The people seem to enjoy joining in, we've been having a great time."
Her friend Pearl said: "We've been practising hard and collecting the things we are going to give to them.
"The people in the homes have been saying they remember the songs and some of them did join in.
"I liked doing Blue Suede Shoes, we'd already done it before at school."
Launching the Randoms was the girls' own idea and they are in charge of content and production.
But Stephanie's mum Nancy acts as the group's mentor.
She said: "They have to have an adult supervisor but they've done all the work themselves.
"They picked all the songs and it's quite a variety.
"They've made me very proud and you could just see the connection they had with the elderly people, you could see the joy."
After a scheduled final rehearsal at Stephanie's house the group put on their first performance on Tuesday at Beverley Grange in Lockwood Road, Molescroft.
Coincidentally, one of the audience members there was Dorothy Walker, a former head teacher at the girls' own school, Beverley Minster Primary. She joined in and told the girls she had enjoyed the show.