GENEROUS pupils have been pulling out all the stops to make Christmas fun for everyone.
Among the youngsters who have been entertaining the community are the students at Bernard Gilpin Primary School and Sandhill View School.
At Bernard Gilpin, in Houghton, more than 50 members of the community were invited into the school for a Christmas lunch as a way of saying thank you for their support during 2010.
Headteacher Andrew Bainbridge came up with the idea when he was head at Willow Fields Primary School and it proved so popular he has taken the tradition with him to the Hall Lane school.
At Sandhill View, in Grindon Lane, the pupils put on a Christmas fun afternoon for more than 80 elderly residents in the community.
Paul Cockburn, a teacher at Sandhill, said this was the fourth year they had hosted the party afternoon for the pensioners and it always proved to be really popular, both for the visitors and with the students.
During the afternoon the young people served up food to the elderly and also provided entertainment, including Christmas carols with the school choir.
There was also traditional bingo, plus raffles and tombolas to add to the fun.
Mr Cockburn said: “It is a great experience for everyone. The young people and the elderly get the opportunity to see what both have to offer society.”