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Gallery: Young stars shine in nativity shows

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 December 2014

Herons Moor Academy.

Herons Moor Academy.

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CHILDREN across the district have been enjoying a spell in the limelight as they have taken their turn at re-telling a famous festive tale that is more than 2,000 years old.

The birth of Jesus – and the true Christmas story – has been recounted in dozens of school halls this week as pupils have taken to the stage to perform their own take on the nativity.

But unlike a generation or two ago, there were no tea-towel headdresses or paper mache animal heads in sight, as today’s youngsters enjoyed elaborate costumes and high-tech sound and lighting systems to boost their performances.

Most schools in and around Weston chose to re-tell the traditional nativity story, while a few opted to instead stage their own Christmas plays.

Whatever the show, though, there were plenty of satisfied audiences, as classmates and parents offered enthusiastic applause for the stage creations.

Mercury photographers David Kenneford and Mark Atherton were among the audiences for some of the shows, and today we’re publishing a first selection of their pictures – with more to follow next week.

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