Children recreate Band Aid

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Complaints about the new Band Aid single have been rife, but if Bob Geldof wants to call it a day, there may be some people ready to take his place.

Students at Bamford Academy in Rochdale wrote their own lyrics and sung along to the Band Aid track. The school is now selling DVDs of the song to raise funds to combat the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Music technology teacher Peter Douglas, 37, praised the enthusiasm of the seven- to 11-year-olds.

He said: “The children were asked to rewrite the lyrics. One of the objectives was to add feeling and emotion to the piece.

“Some even wanted to stay behind in their lunchtime to collate and finalise everyone’s ideas.”

The Ebola outbreak has currently claimed almost 7,500 victims. More than 19,000 are infected in West Africa, according to the World Health Organisation.

Bamford Academy’s heartfelt song includes the lyrics: Send love it will not kill you / there is love for every tear. Why is comfort to be feared / why is touch to be scared?

The father-of-three created the project as a lesson for the children in helping others.

He said: “The children were inspired by Bob Geldof’s message to feed the world.”

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