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Taking an elf-y interest in Christmas

ITS A MERRY CHRISTMAS ... the Elves were out with Father Christmas at the West Boldon Lodges Elf and Safety workshop with pupils from St Gregorys RC Primary School in South Shields.

ITS A MERRY CHRISTMAS ... the Elves were out with Father Christmas at the West Boldon Lodges Elf and Safety workshop with pupils from St Gregorys RC Primary School in South Shields.

“SING loud and sing clear to spread the Christmas cheer!”

And that’s exactly what youngsters from St Gregory’s RC School in South Shields did as they attended a special ‘Elf and Safety’ workshop to learn how to be Santa’s helpers.

The 30 children are among the 2,000, who will be visiting West Boldon Lodge in Newcastle Road to take part in the annual event.

Danielle Pollard, project officer for Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, said: “This is, without a doubt, our most popular event – the children love it.

“As soon as they come into the centre they enter the Elf Academy and this is where they train to be a helper elf.

“They hear all about how the workers were too cold at the North Pole, and that’s why they’ve been relocated to the lodge.”

After being timed to see how quickly they can pack Santa’s sleigh, youngsters then discovered how to spread festive cheer by singing Jingle Bells.

Next it was on to the Elves’ Workshop, where the pupils learned the qualities they need to be part of the team – which include being friendly, kind and hard-working.

No workshop would be complete without hard work and the children soon found themselves rolling up their sleeves to make CD sun catchers.

Danielle explained: “We re-use old CDs and stick a Santa beard and hat on them.

“The children are then told they have to hang them in their windows, not only to make pretty rainbows, but so Santa can see them twinkling and, should he get into any difficulties on Christmas Eve, he knows they will be able to help him out.”

The warm clothes then went back on, as the group headed out into the Candy Cane Forest, where they each had to find a real cane so they could see the big man himself.

After they found their treats and told Father Christmas what presents they are hoping to receive this year, each youngster was given a tree sapling to take home and plant.

Danielle said: “The idea is that they can then hopefully grow their own Christmas tree, so in years to come they will be able to decorate it every year.

“They all had a wonderful time and we make sure that the school events are different to the family ones which we run at the weekends, so they won’t clash, should the children be brought back with their parents.”

Tickets to all of the Elf and Safety workshops have now been sold out.

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