Carol service in Sunderland Minster

Lauren Waine.

Lauren Waine.

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AWARD-WINNING performer Lauren Waine is set to take to the stage in an off-beat Wearside-themed Nativity.

The talented singer and actress, from Seaburn, will appear at the Sunderland Echo Carol Service in Sunderland Minster next Monday night.

The 17-year-old, who will star in Mackem Nativity, written by Ed Waugh, said she was looking forward to the show.

Last year, she won the young performer at the Pride of South Tyneside Awards, run by our sister paper the Shields Gazette.

“The service is a Nativity, very much different from the traditional tale,” she said. “Picture this, imagine if God had the wrong address and instead of setting his story in Bethlehem in Judea, he set it in Sunderland on the Wear.”

The former pupil at Monkwearmouth Comprehensive School has played high-profile roles including Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, at the Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields, and was part of Metro the Musical, last year.

“It’s a challenge, but Ed Waugh has written a cracking piece and I’m very much looking forward to bringing a seasonal giggle to the folk of Sunderland,” she said.

Now in its third year, the service will see a host of Wearsiders conduct readings, including Northeast Press managing director Stuart Birkett, Echo acting editor Richard Ord and Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson. The university’s vice-chancellor and chief executive, Professor Peter Fidler, and city council chief executive Dr Dave Smith will also be taking part.

Richard Ord said: “Lauren is a fantastic talent and we are delighted she has agreed to perform at the service. The evening is open to people of all ages and we’d love to see as many there as possible.”

The Sunderland Echo Carol Service takes place on Monday, December 17, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

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