SIX young people, two of them from Fleet, will have impressive stories to tell when future generations ask how they marked the Queen's Golden Jubilee; they're flying to the Gambia to take part in the official celebrations of this African nation.

The ensemble of outstanding musicians aged between 12 and 16 are rehearsing New Orleans-style traditional jazz for events in and around the Gambian capital, Banjul on June 13.

They will also entertain with concerts and workshops in the oldest former British colony in Africa, performing classics such as "Hello Dolly" and "When the Saints Go Marching In".

Most of the band members are about to join the highly acclaimed Hampshire Youth Orchestra, directed by Paul Stevenson of Hampshire Music Service.

"Hot Seven" as the band is named, includes: on trumpet, Robert Adams of Court Moor School, Fleet; on clarinet, Matthew Huckle of Cams Hill School, Fareham; on saxophone, Rebecca Price of Calthorpe Park School, Fleet and Lauren Broadfield of The Mountbatten School, Romsey; on trombone, Tim Morgan of Bay House School, Gosport, and David Ingamells of The Mountbatten School on Percussion.

The invitation to perform came from British High Commissioner, John Perrott who is funding the trip.