SCHOOL and churches from across the South West have joined together to create a unique online Christmas event.

St Francis CE VA Primary will be participating in the first-ever online South West Carols event today and tomorrow, at 7 pm each night.

Schools have not been able to gather together this year for the traditional Christmas carol concerts, and school nativity plays this year due to the current pandemic.

More than 20 primary schools will be taking part in what is believed to be the region’s biggest ever nativity play.

It will also feature musical performances from London Community Gospel Choir, Exeter Cathedral Choir, alongside award-winning Folk trio Wildwood Kin and worship leader Lucy Grimble.

One of the organisers, Pastor Mark Pugh said: “This time of year is filled with nostalgia.
“There is something so comforting about many of the festive traditions we've become accustomed to and carols and school nativities usually play their part in bringing much warmth and joy to many.

“We know Christmas will be different this year, but it isn't cancelled, and we are delighted to be working with many churches and schools to bring joy to thousands of people in homes across the South West.”

Headteacher Joy Farrell said: “Our Year one pupils really enjoyed filming their section of the Nativity story. We have some really cute sheep!”

It will be broadcast live on the website, as well as on Facebook and YouTube, with live presenters and audience interaction throughout.

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