PUPILS filled with the spirit of Christmas laid on a festive feast for 200 old folk in South Tyneside.
In what has become a seasonal tradition, students at Hebburn Comprehensive School staged their annual senior citizens’ Christmas party.
Weeks in the planning stages, the event sees pupils organise every aspect of the Christmas treat, given financial support by South Tyneside Council and borough businesses.
Joined by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson and the school’s chairman of governors, Bob Pinder, the young people pulled out all the stops to make the seasonal bash go with a swing.
A two-course lunch was prepared by the school’s kitchen staff, with dozens of pensioners from throughout the town enjoying the festive fare.
Pupils looked after pensioners, catering for their every need during the three-hour event at the Campbell Park Road school.
The lunch was followed by entertainment, provided by the school’s wind band playing a selection of Christmas carols.
A piece called Samantha Crooge was then performed by the school’s drama group, then there was an appearance by Santa, who presented every pensioner with a small gift.
A school spokesman said: “Donations from South Tyneside Council’s community area forum and the Siemens Group helped to make this event a huge success.”