It was the knits before Christmas!

FESTIVE FUN: Some of the pupils at Hudson Road Primary School, Hendon, in their Christmas jumpers. Below, staff and pupils at Dame Dorothy Primary School in their Christmas jumpers. Bottom, TV presenter Lauren Laverne also joined in the fun.
FESTIVE FUN: Some of the pupils at Hudson Road Primary School, Hendon, in their Christmas jumpers. Below, staff and pupils at Dame Dorothy Primary School in their Christmas jumpers. Bottom, TV presenter Lauren Laverne also joined in the fun.
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CHRISTMAS crackers, each and every one of them – Wearsiders didn’t disappoint when it came to National Christmas Jumper Day.

Teachers, pupils, businesses folk and care home residents pulled on their favourite Christmas jumpers to mark the day.

Staff and students at Dame Dorothy, Sunderland in their Christmas jumpers on Friday

Staff and students at Dame Dorothy, Sunderland in their Christmas jumpers on Friday

Two hundred children at Dame Dorothy Primary School joined in the festivities, and headteacher Ian Williamson said it got everyone in the festive spirit.

“We were all really excited,” he said. “This is the first time we have done it and there’s a lovely atmosphere in school.

“We had a Christmas sing-song as well, which parents came along to, and a cake sale.”

National Christmas Jumper Day was organised by Save the Children and everyone who took part donated £1 to the cause.

Lauren Laverne supports Save the Children's 2013 Christmas Jumper Day campaign. ''Celebrities have dug out their festive knitwear to support Save the Children�s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 13 December 2013. Join them and donate £1 by texting JUMPER to 70050 or visiting www.christmasjumperday.org.uk

Lauren Laverne supports Save the Children's 2013 Christmas Jumper Day campaign. ''Celebrities have dug out their festive knitwear to support Save the Children�s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 13 December 2013. Join them and donate £1 by texting JUMPER to 70050 or visiting www.christmasjumperday.org.uk

Pupils from St Leonard’s Roman Catholic School got involved, aiming to raise about £170 for the children’s charity.

Year Six teacher Laura Defty said it was a special fund-raising day.

“We usually just have own clothes day,” she said. “But this was more fun and festive, and more Christmas-themed.

“Even those who didn’t have a Christmas jumper came in wearing Christmas colours.”

Other schools which took part included Portland Academy and Hudson Road Primary School.

Staff and students from Durham University also got involved. Digitisation co-ordinator at the university library, Katherine Davidson, said: “We are quite keen knitters and I saw it advertised on a knitting website so decided to get involved.

“People brought cakes in as well. It’s festive and there are some brilliant jumpers.”

Businesses across Wearside also got involved. Forty workers from the Nissan plant took part, and members of Sunderland College. City celebrities including TV presenter and radio Six Music DJ Lauren Laverne also backed the cause. People across the city enjoyed the day, and sent us snaps of their favourite novelty knits.