HUNDREDS of children joined The Futureheads frontman Barry Hyde to mark 50 years since the launch of the Apollo 11 mission with a performance of their new song, Standing On The Moon.

The event at Peterlee’s Apollo Pavilion also marked half a century since the creation of the Victor Pasmore’s concrete artwork - named after the lunar mission.

Barry said: “We are here to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building of the Apollo Pavilion and the incredible achievement of mankind walking on the moon for the first time.

“I was commissioned as a songwriter to compose a special song to celebration the occasion and been to several primary schools. It has been tremendous.”

The programme included theatre school members from The Academy at Shotton Hall portraying scenes from their new musical, Pleasantville and performances from Mr Wilson’s Second Liners and Oompah Brass, along with an appearance by tghe East Durham Dementia Friendly Choir.