Gangnam comes to Hartlepool

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WHAT do you get when you roll a traditional nativity classic and a worldwide pop smash hit into one – Throston Primary School’s quirky Christmas performance.

Every year the Hartlepool school decides on a different theme for the youngsters’ festive showing to parents.

Children from Throston Primary School

Children from Throston Primary School

And this year, after challenging the children to mix a nativity classic with a modern hit, the Year 5 pupils were in no doubt as to what they wanted to perform – they were going to bring Gangnam Style to Hartlepool.

The South Korean smash hit stormed the chats and hit the number one spot in dozens of countries, also attracting a staggering 927million views on YouTube – the most watched music video in the site’s history.

And now the 53 Year 5 pupils at Throston Primary have wowed parents and shoppers with their own all-singing, all-dancing version of rapper Psy’s hit.

After starting off with a traditional Christmas hit, the youngsters burst into their rendition of Gangnam Style, complete with their own nativity-themed lyrics.

The children have already performed for amazed parents in school and shoppers at Asda last week, while helping to raise cash for the NSPCC, the school’s charity of the year.

And yesterday the non-stop youngsters performed their fantastic version again for the Mail and the video can now be watched on our website.

“It’s absolutely fantastic,” said headteacher Mark Atkinson, who hailed the children for their creativity.

“It looks absolutely brilliant and the parents who have seen it absolutely loved it.

“Every year we try to do something a little bit different but this is the first year we have done this sort of thing and the children have really enjoyed it.”

It isn’t just the Year 5 children who have left visiting parents impressed by their performance.

Other year groups have performed their classic nativity songs before turning them into their own versions of hits including Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day and Robbie’s Angels.