Children from schools across the borough, and parents joined the Mayor and Mayoress of Wokingham Borough at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre on Sunday 10 December for the annual Wokingham Borough primary schools’ carol concert.
The event, which was hosted by Wokingham Borough Mayor, Cllr Rob Stanton, saw 23 schools take part in this year’s festivities, which were led by the Berkshire Maestro’s Corelli Orchestra and musical director James Baker.
Attendees were able to join in with carols Once in Royal David’s City, Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman and in a rendition of the popular Christmas song White Christmas, as well as performances from the orchestra and children’s choir.
All proceeds will go to the Mayor’s chosen charities: an initiative called “Cancer Champions” with the local support group Involve, and the Royal Berkshire Hospital Support Group.
The initiative “Cancer Champions” has been created by the Mayor and particularly focuses on the aftercare of patients who have undergone cancer treatment. It is supported by the local organisation Involve, who support voluntary, community and faith groups in the borough.
Wokingham Borough Mayor Cllr Rob Stanton said: “I was delighted by the turnout for this popular Christmas event. The money was have raised at the concert will be go to helping and supporting those in the borough those with cancer through the Royal Berkshire Hospital Support Group and my own initiative. Unfortunately I was diagnosed with cancer three years ago, and the care I received was superb and I am delighted that the money raised tonight will be able to go towards enabling the Royal Berkshire Hospital Support Group to continue their top-quality cancer care. The choir and orchestra, were, as always, outstanding.”
The schools taking part in the concern were: Aldryngton Primary, All Saints Primary, Crazies Hill Primary, Earley St Peters Primary, Farley Hill Primary, Finchampstead Primary, Grazeley Primary, Hawkedon Primary, Hawthorns Primary, Highwood Primary, Hillside Primary, Lambs Lane Primary, Loddon Primary, Nine Mile Ride Primary, Polehampton Junior, Shinfield St Mary's Junior, St Dominic Savio Primary, St Pauls Junior, St Sebastian’s Primary, The Colleton Primary, The Coombes Primary, Whiteknights Primary and Winnersh Primary schools.
Photos from the event will be available on the council’s Facebook page.