In line with a long tradition, inaugurated by the Rotary Club and organised for many years by Syd Howarth, the Annual Community Christmas Concert took place on Tuesday 11th December at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre.

The audience packed into the main hall for a fantastic afternoon of entertainment and community sing-along of traditional Christmas Carols.

The programme included performances from Aycliffe Village School who sang a traditional and a modern song “Child in Manger” and “Glory Rap”.

Vane Road School sang two songs “It was on a Starry Night” and “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree”.

Woodham Academy turned up with superb singers, dancers, gymnasts and an excellent solo performance from Aimee, singing “I’m Almost There”.

St. Joseph’s pupils were smartly dressed in their school uniforms and sang “Midnight” and “Little Star”.

Horndale Primary School pupils were colourfully dressed in Christmas jumpers and hats and gave their rendition of “Jingle Bells” and “Fly to Bethlehem”.

Greenfield Community Arts College students were accompanied by guitar playing teacher Mr Gomez-Gill and sang two great tracks including “Do They Know It’s Christmas”.

Sugar Hill Primary School won the prize for the largest turnout – all smartly dressed in uniform and Christmas hats and performed “All Around the World” and “Felt Like Christmas”.

Woodham Burn Primary School finished the afternoon’s proceedings with “Rat a Tat Tat” and “Sing Hallelujah”.

Deputy Mayor, Mary Dalton, thanked all the children, teachers and family for attending and drew the raffle winners (blue 35, buff 46 and peach 128). Rev. Ann Anderson concluded the afternoon with a Christmas Blessing.

The Rotary Club would like to record thanks to John Melvin for supplying the audio equipment, P.A. and for his time. Thanks also to Mike Dixon for compering.

If you missed the show and would like to listen in full, Aycliffe Radio were also present to record the event and will broadcast the concert on Boxing Day at 12 noon.

The Rotary Club look forward to seeing you again next year to celebrate Christmas with the youth of the town.


Woodham Burn Primary School Woodham Academy Singers Woodham Academy Gymnasts Woodham Academy Dancers Vane Road School St Josephs School Sugar Hill School Horndale Primary School Greenfield Community Arts College Aycliffe Village Primary School Woodham Academy Aimee