CHILDREN from schools across a North-East town will join together this week for an annual Christmas carol concert to welcome the festive season.

Pupils from Heathfield Primary School, Cockerton CE, Reid Street, Gurney Pease, Mowden Federation and West Park Academy, all in Darlington, have been working with their choir leaders ahead of the concert in St Cuthbert’s Church, in the town’s market place on Thursday, December 6.

The St Cuthbert’s Carols for Kids concert will start at 4.30pm and include Christmas readings, choir only anthems and congregational carols.

The children have been preparing for the concert for several weeks, but will only be able to practice together on the day of the concert, when they will meet in the afternoon to rehearse with Richard Bloodworth and St Cuthbert’s director of music David Ratnanayagam.

The winner of the annual school Carol for Darlington competition, in which children write their own carol to a well known tune, will also be announced at the concert.

Event organiser Naomi Potts, from Heathfield Primary School, said: “The children are very excited about joining with children from different schools to sing in a community choir.

“I hope that some children will go on to join St Cuthbert’s Church Choir and develop their voice training further.”

The free event is open to everyone, although donations for St Teresa’s Hospice and church funds will be accepted.

For more information call 07854-431230.