Carnival offers schools solace

Youngsters from the Kilburn School of Dance were led to believe they would be performing at the Olympic Games this summer
Youngsters from the Kilburn School of Dance were led to believe they would be performing at the Olympic Games this summer
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Children who were the victims of an Olympic Games hoax have been given the chance to perform at a carnival next month.

More than 70 young dancers were devastated to find they had been duped after being told they would be part of the Olympic Games closing ceremony in London in August.

But the organisers of Northampton Carnival have offered the youngsters a platform to showcase their skills and make sure their hard work does not go to waste.

Groups affected include the Kilburn School of Dance in Wellingborough and the Dance Factory in Kettering.

Morcea Walker, chairman of the carnival organisers, said: “We’d be delighted to have them.

“They are all gifted young people who have been training and practising very hard and we are aware of that.

“We are very much looking forward to giving them somewhere to show the town what they can do.”

Police have charged Stephen Moonesamy, of Northampton, with fraud.

The trained ballet dancer allegedly led children to believe they would perform in front of a TV audience of billions.

Olympic organisers said there was no place for the youngsters in the ceremony.

Kilburn School principal Amanda Wilkins said: “It is a very kind offer by the carnival and I will discuss it with our parents and dancers.”