YOUNGSTERS provided sweet festive sounds for residents at a care home in what is becoming a long-held tradition.
Children from St Aidan’s Primary School choir went along to the Queens Meadow Care Home, in Stockton Road, Hartlepool, to take part in a carol service.
The 17 youngsters, from Year 5 and 6, sang festive tunes including their own version of Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Little Donkey and Away In A Manger.
During a service conducted by Father Leon Rogers, the new vicar of St Aidan’s, the children entertained 30 residents from the care home, who also joined in a singsong.
Debbie Wilkes, the home’s activities co-ordinator, said: “The residents absolutely loved it.
“We get the youngsters to come in every year and they have been putting on our carol service for the past seven years.
“The residents really enjoy the kids singing and a big thank you for them taking the time out to come. “It’s just lovely to see the children and the residents happy and smiley.
“It really is a lovely atmosphere and marks the start of Christmas.”
The school’s deputy headteacher, Judith Skirving, said: “It’s something we look forward to.
“We feel it is really important to be involved in our local community.
“If we can go and help out some of our older residents who unfortunately can’t get to church or leave their home then it’s nice that we can go and support them in this way.”