Young and old full of festive spirit

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Christmas is coming and Scrooges are nowhere to be found in South Holland on the evidence of festive events taking place throughout the area.

Schools, nursing homes and bands beat the drum for Christmas Day by providing theatrical, musical and culinary entertaining just days before the presents are unwrapped.

Holbeach Town Band members entertain Christmas shoppers in Holland Market, Spalding.

Holbeach Town Band members entertain Christmas shoppers in Holland Market, Spalding.

Students and adults at Thomas Cowley High School, Donington, took their lead from Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood with a Great Christmas Bake Off, judged by farming presenter Sally Elkington of radio station Lincs FM.

Entries in four categories, Christmas cake, novelty celebration cake, gingerbread structure and Christmas treat, came in from all year groups across the school, as well as parents, governors and staff.

Megan Bean was overall winner and prizes were also handed out to Hollie Arnold and staff member Katy Smith, both winners of the Christmas treat category.

Christmas shoppers at Spalding’s Holland Market did so in a musical setting as Holbeach Town Band and a group of carol singers were invited by Sainsbury’s to sing seasonal songs on Saturday.

Youngsters at Spalding Primary School acted up in the play I Spy Christmas and dressed up in sweaters to raise money for Save the Children.

Meanwhile, youngsters from Monkshouse Primary School in Spalding staged a nativity play at Sezanne Walk Community Hall for elderly residents.