Monday, December 24, 2012
Festive songs rang out in church, woodland and market places as north Norfolk got into the Christmas spirit. Cromer Parish Church played host to the first ever carol concert staged there by the town’s academy.
Looking smart in their new grey uniforms, the youngsters filled much of the building, with friends and family turning out to support the performers.
The concert began with the screening of a contemporary video of the Little Drummer Boy, before academy headteacher Penny Bignell welcomed everybody to the event.
The first carol, Once in Royal David’s City, began with a first-verse solo by year seven youngster Noah Downes, before the other students and the rest of the audience joined in.
Other highlights included a dramatic interpretation of the 12 Days of Christmas, by youngsters from year seven, a Mary, Did You Know? duet by Alice and Eve Dawson, plus readings by students, staff and governors.
There was also a lone bagpipe player outside the church before and after the concert, while Cromer vicar the Rev Canon Dr David Court delivered a Christmas message.
There was also a visit by former pupil Eddie Bushell, who sang a ballad which he performs in the Cromer Pier Christmas Seaside Special.
He fellow cast members were out and about in the cold entertaining traders and shoppers at Cromer market on the Meadow.
They included nurseryman Iain Jagger from Wells who said a cuddle from the singers was a festive treat after the worst year in 38 years of trading - hampered by the hosepipe ban and tough economic times.
“I have seen three recessions, and this is the worst recession - but this has made my year,” he smiled.
Headlining star Olly day said the cast had also been at Sheringham Market the previous weekend, and enjoying getting out to meet the people.
Pupils, staff and parents at Antingham and Southrepps Primary School ended the winter term on a high note when they gathered around a bonfire for carols in the woods.
It is part of the forest school network, with pupils often having lessons in an open air classroom created in woodland opposite the main school.
Children sang traditional carols and gave readings during the concert in the clearing on Friday.
The local community choir the Southrepps Chorale also took part in the festive celebration and parents and siblings were encouraged to join in with the singing.
The forest school venue had been specially decorated for the occasion with candles, fairy lights and nativity characters made by the pupils.
Teacher Emma Harwood said: “The children all put a lot of effort in to preparing for the concert. They love working outdoors in the forest school anyway, It is their favourite part of the week.”
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