Music loving Hounslow Council leader Peter Thompson has followed in the footsteps of pop stars like Sting and Suggs by donating his guitar to youngsters as part of a musical amnesty.

He visited Andrew Ewing Primary School, in Westbrook Road, Heston, last Thursday to hand over the instrument as part of Time Out's 'No Strings Attached Initiative'.

"In a time of unprecedented funding for music education, I am delighted to pledge my personal support to Time Out's amnesty," said Cllr Thompson.

"This is a unique opportunity for everyone in our community to invest in our children's musical education, help remove barriers and widen opportunities for the young people in Hounslow."

Year six pupils Ben O'Brien and Ian Archibald are among many budding musicians at the school, where all pupils get the chance to learn guitar from the age of eight.

Head teacher Margaret Williams said: "We work closely with the council's Music Service, which gives children the opportunity to extend their learning within the creative arts curriculum.

"Ben and Ian are in their third year of learning guitar and are hoping they can continue to develop their skills at secondary school next year."

In case you were wondering, Cllr Thompson's guitar was a present given to him by his wife 16 years ago and, other than a few attempts to play it, has remained largely unused ever since.

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