Watch: Pupils at NI special school take starring role in new music video

Pupils at Parkview Special School in Lisburn gathered on Monday to celebrate their friends and fellow students Kinlay and Reece who have starred in a new music video for a song written by local musician Jommac.

The song, titled 'Angel of My Heart' tells the story of a couple falling in love as teenagers and spending their life together and is performed by Peter Corry OBE and Lauren Doherty.

Speaking to Belfast Live, Jommac explained how Kinlay and Reece became involved in the video.

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"I had worked with Jamie Brown from the band The Untouchables and I had seen a video from her young daughters birthday on Facebook and I knew she would be perfect for the video. I didn't know at that stage that Jamie's child had a disability.

"I called Jamie and she said that she would love to do the video. She told me about Kinlay's disability and that she went to Parkview School. On the day that we were shooting the video we were supposed to have another male and the young guy got nervous.

"Jamie told me that Kinlay has a boyfriend called Reece and offered to ask his parents if he could come and be in the video."

Kinlay and Reece shot their scenes at Crawfordsburn Country Park and were delighted to join their school friends to see it for the first time.

Speaking to Belfast Live after they watched the video for the first time, Kinlay and Reece said that it was "really amazing" and that their friends all loved it.

Kinlay's mum Jamie said that her daughter loves anything to do with performing.

"When Joe contacted us, she absolutely loved it. She has been asking every day from we shot it when could she see it. For a wee child like Kinlay who just wants to be involved with stuff, to be at the centre of something like this has been amazing.

"There are so few resources for children like Kinlay and it is very difficult because they have challenges and lots of places don't have the facilities or manpower to include children like Kinlay. The fact that the school and the teachers got behind this shows that who knows what the future holds for children just like Kinlay."

Principal at Parkview, Colin Ward told us that extracurricular activities such as the music video provide the young people at his school with the opportunity to thrive outside of the classroom.

"For other children to see their friends up on a big screen like that, they clearly enjoyed it. It also gives them something to dream of and aspire to.

"We have 220 children here from mainly Lisburn and parts of Belfast. We want to give as many opportunities to our young people through music, the arts and dance. Kinlay and Reece are at the front of that and loving it but we have lots of other children who would love those opportunities as well."

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