School children provide festive cheer

Children from Barmston Village Primary School pictured singing Christmas carols in Frankie and Benny's at the Galleries.
Children from Barmston Village Primary School pictured singing Christmas carols in Frankie and Benny's at the Galleries.
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YOUNGSTERS are on song to provide some Christmas cheer.

Pupils from Barmston Village Primary School, in Washington, are spreading the festive spirit with a number of surprise singing appearances.

They have already been at Holy Trinity Church, where they sang a range of carols along with two other schools, and this week they entertained diners at Frankie and Benny’s restaurant in The Galleries.

Christine St Clair, chairman of governors at the school, said: “The kids absolutely love it. When we sang at the church, they got a selection box each for singing and they were over the moon. It was like they had won the lottery.

“The children were singing as part of the Washington Music Festival, which took place at the Holy Trinity Church this year.”

Miss St Clair is joined by Graduate Teaching Programme student teacher Jack Cunningham in taking the children on their outings to sing to Washington’s community.

She said: “The children sing for different people in different places a lot, and they are having a busy time at the minute.

“It is all good for us because we have an Artsmark Gold in the school, and the choir is a part of what we do.

“We have just been given the mark again, so it is good that the children are carrying on with the choir, and we want to encourage their participation in music.”

Gemma Cryan, marketing co-ordinator for Frankie and Benny’s North East, said: “We were very happy to have the children in. There were 30 or 40 of them all getting people in the restaurant into the Christmas spirit.”

Miss St Clair added: “They sang lots of different Christmas songs, including Silent Night, Christmas Calypso, Frosty the Snow Man and Away in a Manger.

“All Christmas songs obviously.”

The tuneful children will continue their festive merrymaking next week when they return to Frankie and Benny’s on Thursday, and will also visit Asda George in Washington next Tuesday.

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