THEY say you should never work with animals and children – but that didn’t stop a South Tyneside nursery celebrating the true meaning of Christmas in style.
Helen Gibson Nursery, in North Lane, East Boldon, had a very special cast member for its traditional nativity play, a donkey with plenty of acting experience.
Koko – the family pet of four-year-old nursery pupil Ruby Burnett-Houghton – proved an early festive hit.
Jenny Parker, headteacher at the nursery, said: “Ruby lives on a farm and they have a donkey, called Koko. It is the first time we have had a real-life donkey in the nativity play.
“Koko has been in a few other plays working with children in the past. He was lovely and the children got to pet him and give him a cuddle.
“It was something that the children will always remember.”
Mrs Parker says the school always kicks off its Christmas activities with a traditional nativity play.
She added: “We like to start with the nativity play so the children have an understanding of the story behind Christmas.
“We had a performance in the morning and the afternoon – and Koko took part in both.”