South Tyneside pupils spread festive cheer with carol concert

Harton Primary School pupils Christmas carol service at Haven Court Pupils from left Charlotte Harwood aged 10, resident Shirley Purvis and Lucie Finn aged 10

Harton Primary School pupils Christmas carol service at Haven Court Pupils from left Charlotte Harwood aged 10, resident Shirley Purvis and Lucie Finn aged 10

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Musical youngsters sang their hearts out to to spread some festive cheer among the elderly.

Pupils from Harton Primary School choir visited Haven Court, a purpose-built unit which provides integrated health and social care services for older residents, their carers and families in grounds of South Tyneside District Hospital.

Harton Primary School pupils Christmas carol service at Haven Court

Harton Primary School pupils Christmas carol service at Haven Court

Glynis Heslop, office manager at the South Shields school, said the children did a fabulous job entertaining the residents.

She said: “We had 23 children come along to Haven Court to perform.

“We were asked to come along because we were initially invited to see the facility being built, so we have a bit of history there.

“We have a fabulous choir, which is led by assistant head teacher Caroline Wells and the pupils were accompanied on the day by teaching assistant and pianist Kath Atack.”

Harton Primary School pupils Christmas carol service at Haven Court

Harton Primary School pupils Christmas carol service at Haven Court

She added: “The children were there an hour and a half and entertained the residents with Christmas carols. The residents loved it and so did the children.”

The choir’s success follows a performance at the civic concert at Temple Park at the weekend.

The talented youngsters will also be performing at Farding Lane Court care home in South Shields on Monday.

Ms Heslop added; “We are always very proud of our pupils.

Harton Primary School pupils Christmas carol service at Haven Court

Harton Primary School pupils Christmas carol service at Haven Court

“They really enjoyed the concert and so did the residents.”

The Christmas performance was organised by the Mental Health Concern activities and volunteer co-ordinators based at Haven Court.