Pupils from a Derby primary school took centre stage at the traditional Mayor Making Ceremony on Wednesday in the Council House.

Around 45 pupils from Reigate Park Primary School performed at the ceremony at which Cllr John Whitby was chosen as the new Mayor of Derby in succession to Cllr Linda Winter.

The group are part of the Council’s Make More Music Project which this year is embracing some 20 primary schools from across the city.

Free tuition for budding young musicians is one of Derby City Council’s 50 Pledges.

The pupils, aged 8 and 9 started their tuition in September 2016, and played violins, violas and cellos.

Pauline Anderson, the Council’s Acting Service Director for Learning and Skills, said: ‘The Mayor Making Ceremony is a great tradition and it is very encouraging to see these pupils adding to the flavour and colour of the occasion.

‘The visit also highlighted the importance of the Make More Music in Derby project which is striving to give musical opportunities to as many primary school pupils as possible in Derby.

‘’It is also greatly encouraging to receive reports from head teachers that the project has had a real benefit to the pupils in their schools. Some pupils are now in their third year of tuition.’

Karen Ratcliff, the head of school for Reigate Park Primary, said: “The pupils are very excited and we are incredibly proud of them. They really appreciated the opportunity to play as part of Mayor Making Ceremony.’

Apart from Reigate Park Primary, other schools taking part in the scheme include: Beaufort Primary, Becket Primary, Derwent Primary, Lakeside Primary, Cottons Farm Primary, Grampian Primary, Brackensdale Junior, Roe Farm, Firs Estate, Ashgate Primary, Village Primary, Reigate Park Primary, Pear Tree Junior, Hardwick Primary, Allenton Primary, Landau Forte Moorhead.