A replay of the Rio Olympics gave Dearham Primary School the gold medal in a county-wide dance challenge.

Hundreds of youngsters took part in the first day of the Junior Rock Challenge yesterday at the Sands Centre in Carlisle.

Eight schools – Beckstone primary, Dearham primary, Maryport's Ewanrigg junior, Whitehaven's Mayfield, Cleator Moor's St Patrick's primary, Workington's Victoria infant and Victoria junior and Firpark School from Motherwell – took part.

Each school 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 be without drink or drugs.

Dearham youngsters took first prize with their replay of the memorable moments of the 2016 Olympic Games and also won awards for choreography and performance skill.

Second place went to Victoria infants, which also won awards for student leadership and healthy lifestyle. Its pupils performed A Friend in Need is A Friend Indeed, about searching for the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.

Third was St Patrick's, who performed Positivity Prevails, which reminded children that no matter how scary the world was, positivity will also win.

The school also picked up the award for Spirit of Rock Challenge.

Mayfield School won the performers' choice award, with their vampire-inspired piece Tainted Love.

Victoria Junior School picked up awards for community support and cultural and educational achievement for No Act of Kindness is Ever Wasted, where two children on a picnic meet magical creatures.

Beckstone primary performed Girls Can Be Pirates Too and Ewanrigg Junior School pupils gave their interpretation of The Ugly Duckling.

Awards were also handed out for stage use, concept, drama, soundtrack, set design, costumes, visual enhancement and entertainment, which saw a number of schools win each category.

The event continues today with more schools taking part.