CHRISTMAS carols sung by hundreds of school children filled the air with some festive cheer.
The Schools’ Christmas Carol Concert was held tonight on the steps of the Portsmouth Guildhall.
The event was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor David Fuller, who was dressed in festive red, and Lady Mayoress Leza Tremorin, who was dressed an angel.
Thirty-three schools from across Portsmouth took part in the show, which had music provided by the Salvation Army Portsmouth Citadel Band.
Sophie Greppi, eight, from Portsdown Primary School, was singing, cheered on by mum Tina.
Tina, from Wymering, said: ‘It is an amazing show. It is very emotional. It is the first time she has done anything like this so I am proud of her.’
Father Christmas appeared on the steps half-way through the show during a rendition of Santa Claus is Coming To Town to cheers from the children.
Kitty Cushman, six, from Arundel Court Primary School, said that was one of her favourite parts of the whole show.
She said: ‘It was really good. I really liked it when we sang Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer and then Father Christmas was really good too.’
Other singers were Felicity Harry, seven, and Vimbai Mushunje, nine, from Portsdown Primary School, in Cosham.
Vimbai said: ‘My favourite part was Father Christmas, and singing We Wish You A Merry Christmas at the end.’
Year 3 teacher Jo Coney was looking after a group from Arundel Court Primary School, in Landport.
She said: ‘We come every year. It is a great as a lot of children do not get the opportunity to attend shows like this. Events like this are nice as we can bring them along and parents can come along and watch too.’
Watching from the crowd was Glenn and Sarah Wilson, from Milton, and their daughter five-year-old Isabel. They were supporting seven-year old James, from Meon Infant School, in Southsea.
Dad Glenn said: ‘I think it is really good. There’s a great Christmas atmosphere and it is a great way to start Christmas.’
Isabel said: ‘Now I am really excited for Christmas. I’m excited as Santa is going to give us presents as I have been an angel.’
Schools that took part;
Ark Ayrton Primary Academy
Arundel Court Primary School
Copnor Primary School
Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School
Cottage Grove Primary School
Court Lane Junior School
Craneswater Junior School
Devonshire Infant School
Fernhurst Junior School
Gatcombe Park Primary School
Goldsmith Infant School
Highbury Primary School
Home Education Families
Langstone Junior School
Mayville High School
Medina Primary School
Meon Infant School
Milton Park Primary School
Moorings Way Infant School
Newbridge Junior School
Portsdown Primary School
Solent Junior School
St Edmund’s Catholic School
St George’s Beneficial C of E School
St John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School
St Jude’s C of E Primary School
St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School
Stamshaw Infant School
The Flying Bull Primary Academy
The Victory Primary School
Westover Primary School
Wimborne Junior School