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Santa drops down South Shields Town Hall chimney

DROPPING IN ... a group of Year r 4 pupils from St. Oswalds RC Primary School on the staircase of South Shields Town Hall with The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson.

DROPPING IN ... a group of Year r 4 pupils from St. Oswalds RC Primary School on the staircase of South Shields Town Hall with The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson.

SANTA Claus took some time out of his busy Christmas schedule to welcome a group of youngsters to South Shields Town Hall.

Twenty-three children from St Oswald’s RC Primary School enjoyed a talk and tour with a twist when Father Christmas showed up to offer his season’s greetings.

The Year 4 pupils, aged eight and nine, were shown some of the exciting artefacts and learned about the Edwardian building’s impressive history.

They were guided around the town hall by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson and Patricia Ridley, and Coun Joyce Welsh.

Year 4 teacher Laura Reynolds said: “The young people thoroughly enjoyed learning about their heritage and were in awe of the stunning architecture.

“They got to sit in the council chamber and even had the chance to ask the Mayor a series of questions using the special microphones.

“The whole experience really stimulated their interest in their local ancestry, and was something for them to be proud of.

“We’ve walked past the town hall a couple times since the visit, and the young people have been excitedly saying ‘I wonder what’s happening today behind the curtains? The young people were particularly interested in the visitor’s book as they have been studying about the First World War and there’s a message from Lord Mountbatten within its pages.”

The school, in Nash Avenue, Whiteleas, South Shields, is the latest to be invited to the town hall for a look behind the scenes.

Coun Gibson said: “Our talk and tours have been a great success this year with a vast number of people visiting the town hall to learn something new about the borough.

“The enthusiasm and verve shown by the young people of St Oswald’s RC Primary School was great to see. It was wonderful how they took all of the information on board and asked some thoughtful questions.”

Coun Joyce Welsh, a ward member for West Park in South Shields, said: “It was lovely to see the young people taking a vested interest in the place in which they live; and being so passionate about South Tyneside.

“Also for Santa Claus to take time out of his busy schedule to join the Mayor and Mayoress was the icing on top of the Christmas cake.”

The school also spread the Christmas spirit by visiting Connolly House in Whiteleas to perform a carol concert.

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