Hundreds of schoolchildren from across Yorkshire had something to shout about on BBC Red Nose Day – March 15 – when they took part in an ear-shattering challenge for charity.
Yorkshire-based noise monitoring specialists Cirrus Research arranged a special “Red Noise Day” to support the national fundraiser and invited schools from around the region to take part.
Between 60-100 pupils aged 6-11 from each of five primary schools went head to head in the fun shout out – with Cirrus Research donating £1 for every decibel reached. Cirrus had a team of experts on hand with specialist equipment to ensure the “Red Nose Day” yells were all monitored exactly to see who came out top as Red Noise Day champions.
The schools which took part were: Riverside Primary School, Tadcaster; Monk Fryston Primary School, North Yorkshire; Hunmanby Primary School, East Yorkshire, Filey Junior School, East Yorkshire, and Thornton Dale CoE Primary School, Pickering.
The eventual winners in a hard-fought contest were Filey and Thornton Dale who both claimed top spot with an impressive 128.3dB reached. Third place was Riverside Primary School Tadcaster with 127.3 dB. As well as raising money for a great cause, the two winning schools share a £150 bonus for their top spot.
Cirrus Research Marketing Manager Antony Towle said: “It was a great day, but my ears are still ringing! The children were amazing and really put everything in to their shout out. Some people say children should be seen and not heard – but certainly not on Red Noise Day!”
Ian Yapp Headteacher at Riverside Community Primary School said: “We always do something in school to raise money for Red Nose Day but Red Noise Day was a first for us and the children loved it – it’s not often teachers are telling pupils to make more noise so they made the most of it!”
He added: “We’re delighted to have claimed first place in the shout out but more importantly hundreds of pounds was raised for a great cause.”
The total decibels reached by combining the sound levels from all the schools came to an ear-shattering 626.1dB – louder than four Jumbo Jets taking off.