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Police cadets are CD stars

Being a police cadet is not all about the rough, tough world of preparing to collar villains. Some of Boston's cadets showed their gentler nature when they took part in a poetry and music project.

Picture: Boston Police Cadets with their Magna Carta-inspired CD, back, from left, Michael Hall, Ross Tarry, cadets' liaison officer PC Martyn Chambers, Thomas Willetts, Hannah Kitchen, Front, from left, Jared Firth, Jordanne Waite, Charlotte Amey and China Smith.

The cadets joined with local musician Liz Lenten to explore, in words and music, what the Magna Carta meant to them as part of an Arts Council-funded project.

Their efforts have been reproduced on a CD - Poets Laureate Lincolnshire Landscape 2015. The cadets were inspired by poetry by Carol Ann Duffy, the poet laureate, Gillian Clarke, the national poet of Wales, and Imtiaz Dharker, holder of the Queen's Award for Poetry.

They had been commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council to write a poetic response for the Magna Carta's 800th anniversary. Lincolnshire has one of the best-preserved original copies of the world-famous document.

Liz, a singer, songwriter and composer from Gosberton Risegate, said: "It was interesting working with the cadets, discussing the impact of the Magna Carta then and now and the effects it has on democracy. It was interesting to hear their view on such issues as civil rights."

Together they wrote and recorded two of the six tracks on the CD - Look Where We Are Now and King John Rap.

Liz said she was especially impressed with Cadet Ross Tarry's idea of looking at the Magna Carta from the perspective of King John and then the way he and the other cadets developed the rap.

Liz and her partner, Wan Hewitt, provided musical backing and recorded and mixed the tracks at their Scarlet Records studio at Gosberton Risegate before they were mastered to professional broadcast standard.

The Boston Lithuanian Community Group also participated and created four radio plays.