Cycling guitarist delights children at local primary

Richard Durrant SUS-150630-085004001
Richard Durrant SUS-150630-085004001

International guitarist Richard Durrant pedalled his way to Ore Village Primary Academy as part of his Cycling Music tour.

Richard Durrant has spent the last few weeks cycling hundreds of miles around the country performing in Sussex, the Isle of Skye and places in between, while pedalling on his bike and carrying his show equipment in his trailer.

He delighted children and staff at the school by performing songs for them.

The year 5 student Bike Crew were very impressed with Richard’s visit and said: “He came to play to us and to talk about his inspiration to become a guitarist.

“He was no ordinary guitarist as he played barefooted and he arrived on his bike. His bike not only got him here but was also used in his performance as stage lights.”

Charlie Cocks a member of the bike it crew said “It was amazing! I hope he can visit again soon”.

Ore Village Primary Academy have been working in partnership with Sustrans to increase the number of students riding their bikes and scooters to school.

Bike It Officer Lucy Dance said: “Richard is such an inspiring man as a musician and cyclist. The students loved listening to Richard use his bike to make music and hear about his tour on his bike.”

Brighton born Richard Durrant recently completed the 1,500 mile,seven week, 36 venue concert tour of England towing his entire stage show on a bicycle.

The tour was undertaken with Richard’s friend and co-rider Sean Simington carrying the lightng rig on his bike whilst Richard carried the remaining 45 kilos of show equipment, including the PA system, in a trailer and panniers. The tour was featured on ITV’s Cycle Show.

He is a classical guitarist but is equally at home playing Bob Dylan numbers.

Sustrans works with communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people can choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys and enjoy better, safer spaces where they live.

A spokesperson said: “We are a leading charity enabling people to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys. All over the UK, we make a positive difference to people’s lives.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the National Cycle Network.

In 1995 the Millennium Commission awarded Sustrans £42.5 million to create our vision of a UK-wide network of high-quality, convenient walking and cycling routes.

For more information on Sustrans visit www.sustrans.org.uk.

For information on Richard Durrant go to www.richard-durrant.com.

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