Back on the road... with a school bus!

Paul Jones and the Manfreds present a Variety Sunshine Coach to Ravenscliffe High School
Paul Jones and the Manfreds present a Variety Sunshine Coach to Ravenscliffe High School

STARS from the 1960s got back on the road to present a Variety Sunshine Coach to pupils of Ravenscliffe High School, Halifax.

And, another treat for the children came when the iconic pop group The Manfreds took part in a jamming session during a celebratory assembly.

The band was formed in 1962 - orginally as Manfred Mann - and to mark its 50th anniversary chose to support “Variety the Children’s Charity.”

The Variety Sunshine Coach Programme is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and it has provided thousands of coaches to schools, care homes, hospitals and youth projects across the UK.

Ravenscliffe has 139 students aged 11 to 19 and is Calderdale’s only secondary high school for pupils with a wide range of special educational needs.

The new minibus will extend learning opportunities.

Head teacher Martin Moorman said: “The Sunshine Coaches play a pivotal role in helping our pupils to get out and about and involved in the community.

“A variety of outings include work experience placements, swimming lessons, specialist sporting and musical events.

“The children were very excited about The Manfred’s visit, and to have the opportunity to play along with such talented musicians was a really memorable experience.”

Original Manfred Mann members Paul Jones, Mike Hugg and Tom McGuinness, and former member Mike d’Abo, are joined by Rob Townsend, Marcus Cliffe and Simon Currie in the new line-up of The Manfreds and they asked to present a coach which they did while on route to a concert in Rhyl.