PUPILS from a Bradford primary school have bridged the gap with the elderly generation by taking part in their annual concert with and old people’s group.

Barkerend Primary Leadership Academy’s talented Year 5 choir performed for members of Bradford Council’s Older People’s Focus Group for the concert at Victoria Hall in Keighley.

The 60-strong choir performed rousing renditions of songs both new and old for their older crowd, including Gary Barlow’s song for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, ‘Sing’.

The aim of the concert was to break down barriers between generations and reduce isolation and loneliness among older people.

Julie Parker-Wade, music teacher at Barkerend, said: “Since 2010 pupils from Barkerend have performed an annual musical concert to encourage and cement links between older and younger communities in the area.

“It has gradually become a highlight of our Year 5 calendar.

“Everybody looks forward to our performance, the children and older people alike. It’s a wonderfully uplifting way to bring people of all generations together.”

Pamela James, who was a member of the audience entertained by the choir, added: “It was wonderful to hear the children sing again, and it was super-fun when we all joined in with the actions at the end.”