Hundreds flock to see school dance shows

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SCHOOL children have taken part in a borough-wide dance display for the first - and perhaps last - time.

The eight- to nine-year-olds from Swing Gate First and Nursery School in Swing Gate Lane, Berkhamsted, have joined the Dacorum Dance Competition.

The annual school show of dancing from primary and secondary schools has been staged by Dacorum School Sports Partnership for the past three years.

But the event on Friday could be the last after government cuts to help tackle the national debt crisis.

Teacher Beckey Capstick said: “It was a fantastic experience for our dancers to take part and has really given them a confidence to perform.

“They especially enjoyed watching the other competitors.

“It will be a huge loss if this competition and other sports opportunities are lost to our children.”

More than 600 spectators went to the event on Friday, and nine primary and six secondary schools took part in the contest.

Chaulden Junion School won the primary part of the competition and John F Kennedy Catholic School won the secondary part. Both are in Hemel Hempstead.