Chart star rolls into classroom

Loick Essien with pupils from Silverdale School.
Loick Essien with pupils from Silverdale School.
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PUPILS at a Sheffield school got a big surprise when a top chart star turned up to perform at a benefit concert in memory of city boxing coach Tom Bradley.

Tom, 38, from Richmond, Sheffield, was tragically killed in June after his motorcycle was struck by a Ford Fiesta in Rivelin Valley Road, Sheffield.

The former professional boxer worked as a coach, mentor and role model at Silverdale School in Bents Green.

And he was remembered by Year 9 pupils and staff at a concert which was attended by chart sensation Loick Essien.

Rob Creasey, Silverdale’s extended services coordinator said: “It was an amazing tribute to Tom and showed how our students felt about him.

“Loick performed live with our school dance crew, Oxygen, which Tom had help establish, and news came through during the concert that Loick’s single had jumped to number two in the charts.”

Essien, who is performing on the Main Stage at this weekend’s Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, sang his hit How we Roll.

The event was supported by MC Nige and Silverdale’s free runners Flite, who will also be performing at the Tramlines Festival.

Rob said: “Tom was so much more than just our school boxing coach; He was our role model and mentor who supported us every step of the way in our dreams and ambitions.”