A TEACHER has been given an important role at a prestigious Christmas service at Durham Cathedral.
Sarah Dickinson, head of history at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Hartlepool, has been invited to give a reading at the service tonight in front of around 2,000 worshippers.
And she will be playing no small part as her Bible reading features the birth of Jesus.
Sarah, 30, of Wheatley Hill, said: “I am thrilled to be representing the school at such a historic occasion. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
She was invited to take part in the service after being nominated by English Martyrs head Michael Lee.
Sarah said: “He got an email from the Dene of Durham Cathedral asking for representatives from local schools to be involved.
“He came to me and asked me whether I would be willing and I said I would be honoured.
“I think it may have been because he knows I’m quite confident with public speaking.
“I have never done anything like it before though, I have just done things at my local church.
“I’m feeling a little bit nervous as there are some unfamiliar words in the reading that don’t come up in normal conversation, but I’m obviously really proud to be representing the school.
“I think they are expecting about 2,000 people with representatives from local schools, churches, the city and all sorts of people, so it’s quite important.”
Sarah will give one of nine readings and visited the cathedral earlier this week to learn the formalities of the occasion.
The service is a highlight of the cathedral’s Christmas season and features singing by its renowned choir.
Watching will be Sarah’s husband, Christopher, 29, other close relatives and school head Mr Lee.
He said: “I think it’s an honour that English Martyrs has been chosen to take part and feel very proud that a member of my staff is going to be involved in such a significant way.”