MUSICAL youngsters at a Flackwell Heath school got in the festival spirit this month by making their own instruments from household rubbish ahead of a gig this summer.

Juniper Hill School welcomed music group Junk 4 Funk, a group specialising in recycling waste into a range of musical equipment.

While year one made samba shakers from crisp tubes and drinks bottles, pupils from year two created guitars from cereal boxes and elastic bands.

The budding stars then began to learn the tunes and rhythms they will hone to perfection over the next few weeks before performing for parents and friends at this summer’s ‘JuniperFest’.

The festival will take place on June 22, with several bands playing, as well as storytellers, face painters, henna tattooists and food and drink stalls.

Natalie Hughes, chairperson of Juniper Hill PTA, said: "We are really hoping JuniperFest will be a huge community event and we are still looking for local bands and music groups to come and play.

"We are aiming for it to be a mini Glastonbury!

"Hopefully some of the local senior schools will come along too and perform with their choirs and music groups."

In the meantime, students will work on their tunes during school assemblies to prepare for a taste of stardom on their makeshift instruments.

The music workshops were provided free of charge to the children by money raised by the PTA throughout the year.