Former pupils are returning to their local primary school to help celebrate 10 years of being involved in the Rock Challenge.

Only two schools, Ewanrigg Junior School in Maryport and Victoria Infant School in Workington, have been to every rock challenge.

But Emma Lister, from Ewanrigg, said there is much that makes the Maryport school different to any otherl.

“We didn’t agree with Rock Challenge becoming a competition. We still treat it as a community event – a time for children to come together, work in a team and learn commitment and dedication.”

She said even with the competitive element, nobody at Ewanrigg school was ever excluded.

“There are no auditions. Any child who wants to take part is welcome.”

Schools can spend up to £2,500 on costumes and choreography.

Ewanrigg, in the middle of one of the most deprived areas in the country, could not afford that and nor does it need to.

Former pupils who took part in their own Rock Challenge, come back to Ewanrigg from Netherhall School to help with the choreography. Staff and PTA members also join in helping with props, scenery and costumes.

The school is already preparing for this year’s Rock Challenge. They will have a Cinderella theme to mark the 80th birthday of Disney’s first-born Princess.