The Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Ian Dalgarno was spreading Christmas cheer across Stockton on Friday as he hosted the Mayor’s Carol Service at Stockton Parish Church.
During the service the church in Stockton Town Centre was filled to the rafters with the sounds of carols, Christmas readings and an interactive nativity.
More than 300 youngsters from across 13 Stockton Borough schools attended the service with many showcasing their individual musical talents. There were performances from Pentland Primary’s recorders group, Rosebrook Primary school choir (accompanied by their drum group) and Northfield Soloists. Abbey Hill Academy, St Gregory’s Catholic Academy, Junction Farm Primary School, Durham Lane Primary School and Crooksbarn Primary School also performed Christmas favourites.
Reverend Mark Miller, Assistant Minister (Curate) of Stockton Parish Church led the service and the interactive nativity which saw selected pupils from Layfield Primary, St Bede’s Catholic Primary and the 11 other schools get dressed up on stage to discuss the true meaning of Christmas.
Pupils from Ingleby Mill Primary School and Mandale Mill Primary School joined the Mayor to share the story of the birth of Jesus through bible readings while Egglescliffe CE Primary School led the congregation in prayer. Stockton Male Voice Choir helped the audience raise the rafters by leading the congregation for two of the carols and Egglescliffe Primary was on hand to lead another.
The congregation was also treated to an entertaining biblical performance from the Salt and Light Puppets.
Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Dalgarno, said: “The carol service was a heart-warming occasion where the true story of Christmas rang out. It was such a community affair as schools, choirs, local care home residents and groups from across Stockton-on-Tees came together to remember why we celebrate Christmas and give thanks.”