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PHOTO GALLERY: School choirs compete in this year's festive contest at Spalding Parish Church

Youngsters sang their hearts out in this year's Christmas School Choir Competition in Spalding.

Held at St Mary and St Nicolas Church (Spalding Parish Church), eleven schools took part in the contest on Friday, singing heartfelt Christmas songs.

First place went to St Paul's Primary School, who wore t-shirts spelling out 'Happy Christmas from St Paul's'.

Second prize winners Ayscoughfee Hall School.(5772314)
Second prize winners Ayscoughfee Hall School.(5772314)

Second place winners were Ayscoughfee Hall School with their entertaining rendition of 'Cowboy Christmas'.

And third place went to Westmere Community Primary School in Sutton Bridge who sang 'White Christmas'.

A special commendation was awarded to Gosberton House Academy for their performance of their song 'Five Little Elves'.

South Holland District Councillor Jan Whitbourn, who helped organise the competition, said: "The effort that must have gone into teaching the songs to the children, with the actions and costumes, was outstanding. Each year the schools get bigger and better and more competitive. It has become a wonderful event to run.

"Thank you to Rev John and Mary Bennett and the ladies for their kind hospitality and to Trevor Hyde for the apples for all the children as they left.

"Also special thanks to Paul Watkins-Grove and EMG, Graham Boor of Hughes, Amber Hawkins and Will Naylor, Bakkavor, Matthew Clark and Alleycatz. Also thanks to councillors Harry Drury, Michael Seymour, Anthony Casson, Rodney Grocock, Andrew Woolf, Jack Tyrrell, Laura Eldridge, Dave Ashby and Pete Williams; Simon Stone and Julie Atkinson at Springfields, Gail Ridley of Morrisons, James Peck of the NFU, Darren Maddison, Polka Dot Pantos and PDR Property Lawyers, Whittlesey.

"Without these people and organisations this event would not happen. Their donations and prizes for the schools were very much appreciated. Special thanks to Terry Day from the RNA, for assisting me on the day, Alleycatz, the police with Bobby Bear and Trevor Gilliatt from the Lions for bringing Santa.

"The Polka Dot pantomime cast came and entertained the children whilst the judges deliberated over the winners. And they got everyone to join in. The children could be seen having a great time whilst the actors chased round the church after each other.

"The children entertained us and kept the judges busy. They were all winners in the judges' eyes and they struggled choosing the winning school.

"I would like to thank the schools, teachers, mums and dads - but mainly thank you to the children for coming and supporting this event, entertaining us and making the day a success. It is always a pleasure on the day to see your happy smiling faces; it makes all the hard work leading up to the event worthwhile.

"Thank you to everyone involved. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019."

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