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Mayor is treated to kids’ junk rock at Town Hall dinner

PUBLISHED: 11:46 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:44 05 October 2010

IT MAY have sounded like junk rock’—but that’s exactly what families intended when they performed on stage in front of an audience of nearly 200 VIPs, including 10 local mayors. The families were performing with professional musicians at the Civic Ambassador’s charity dinner at Stratford Town Hall in East London on Friday (October 31), following their week-long Junk Rock project

IT MAY have sounded like junk rock’—but that’s exactly what families intended when they performed on stage in front of an audience of nearly 200 VIPs, including 10 local mayors.

The families were performing with professional musicians at the Civic Ambassador’s charity dinner at Stratford Town Hall in East London on Friday (October 31), following a week-long Junk Rock project at Beckton community centre.

They played on instruments created from recycled materials using odd bits like carpet tubes, drain pipes, flip flop sandals, a binned traffic cone—even a kitchen sink.

Junk Rock was a project run by the arts charity Create, to bring together disabled children and their families.

The families worked alongside Create’s professional musicians to develop ways to play the instruments, which also included a cardboard box bass, toaster and an upturned bin drum played with sticks and tennis balls.

Junk Rock was the brainchild of Manu Vasudevan, who approached the arts charity in August with an idea to give disabled youngsters a chance to give something back to the community.

“This is my dream project,” she said. “It has brought all these people and groups together.

“I never thought we would have such an impact on these children.”

She raised funds from friends, family, a cake sale and the Abel Charitable Trust to get the project off the ground, which culminated in Friday’s performance at the Civic Ambassador’s dinner.

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