MUSICAL PUPILS from Tottenham are singing the praises of their hometown with an uplifting anthem they hope will get to number one in the charts.
Disheartened by the onslaught of negative publicity following the August riots last year, students at Gladesmore Community School wanted to do something to restore the area's sense of pride.
The result is a heartwarming single Everybody Dreams and it has already attracted a long list of celebrity supporters including JLS singer Aston Merrygold, Leona Lewis and even got the royal seal of approval from Prince Charles.
London Mayor Boris Johnson who visited the school last month for a special performance vowed to champion the song being used to represent London over the course of the Olympics.
The song features a choir of 75 young voices singing lyrics that include: “Forget about what you’ve heard. Forget about what you’ve seen. We’ve found a place to be where everybody dreams.”
Juliet Coley, assistant headteacher, said: “When I saw the devastation after the riots, I had tears in my eyes because that is what the kids had to walk through. They shop and live here.
“They suffer from the negative publicity because it spoils their chances for opportunity. If you hear enough bad things then you start to believe it, and we don’t want our kids to feel disadvantaged. We want them to dream big.”
Gladesmore – rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted – already boasts successful alumni including Arsenal’s Emmanuel Frimpong, rapper Chipmunk and Peterborough United skipper Gabriel Zakuani.
It has a strong academic record with several of its students going on to universities like Oxford and Cambridge.
Last year, it won a Queen’s Award for its longstanding Value Life anti-gun and knife campaign.
Coley added: “We know the press is coming back to Tottenham, but this time they’re going to find something positive to talk about.”
She added “The support for the single has been phenomenal. The kids have been going into the community and retailers directly affected by the riots have put up signs in their shop windows. Hearing their stories has given the kids even more impetus to succeed. They want to help those businesses too.”
Everybody Dreams will be released on August 19, but is available on iTunes on August 18. Proceeds will be used to set up a youth orchestra in Tottenham.