Celebrations are taking place at a Maryport school after youngsters scooped a host of award for their performance at a prestigious competition.

Nearly 70 children from Maryport Junior School travelled to Grimsby last night (Thursday) to take part in the Junior Rock Northern Final where they came third overall.

As well as coming in the top three, the school also won awards for 13 out of 15 available – the same amount as the first and second placed schools.

The Maryport school, along with Dearham Primary School, were the only two in the county to attend the event after winning the Carlisle heat.

Maryport carried out a performance based on the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition and Dearham youngsters performed a reply of the memorable moments of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Maryport teacher Siobhan Dover said she was extremely proud of everyone who took part.

Along with teaching assistant Anne Marie Hill, Mrs Dover has been holding after school lessons since October for youngsters to prepare for the event.

Speaking about the Grimsby competition, she said: "The quality was incredible, we were blown away by all of the performances. It was an amazing experience to see the standard and we just thought we would go and take part and have a good day, so coming away with third place is great.

"The children are overwhelmed and I'm so proud of them."

Among the awards that Maryport scooped, was for excellence in performance skill, soundtrack, stage use and choreography.

The school also won the award for achievement in drug awareness.

Although Dearham's production did not come in the top five, it was praised with three awards, including awards of excellence for performance skills and entertainment.

All schools taking part choreographed, designed sets and made costumes to perform an eight-minute production for the challenge, which aims to show young people that they can be the best they can without drink or drugs.

The winners were Oldfleet Primary School in Hull and second place went to Immans School, also in Hull.