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South Ayrshire children to become TV stars on Christmas day

Hundreds of children from schools across South Ayrshire are set to appear on TV this Christmas. STV2 is dedicating the whole channel to school choirs from across Scotland singing festive songs. More than 1000 pupils from almost 50 primary schools, including 270 from ten local schools, took part in the Christmas Songbook programme that will broadcast from midnight to midnight on Monday, 25 December.

The talented youngsters will be performing traditional carols as well as festive favourites such as Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, Unto Us A Child is Born, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Jingle Bell Rock.

Head of programmes at STV2, Paul Hughes, said, "This is our fourth year celebrating Christmas choirs on Christmas Day. It's proved so popular with viewers that this year, for the first time, we'll be running the programme from midnight to midnight.

"It's the perfect soundtrack for families enjoying the celebrations, especially if you get to see one of your children or someone you know in the programme while you're enjoying Christmas Dinner".

Of the schools taking part, carollers from South Ayrshire were filmed in St Leonard's Parish Church in Ayr. The schools which feature in the programme are:

Alloway Primary School

Barassie Primary School

Forehill Primary School

Sacred Heart Primary School

St Cuthbert's Primary School

St John's Primary School

St Ninian's Primary School

St Patrick's Primary School

Struthers Primary School

Troon Primary School

Louise Gray, Head Teacher, St John's Primary School, one of those taking part, said: "The children has a fantastic experience being filmed for STV. They were really intrigued as to the process during production and look forward to the final broadcast."

Choirs from Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow will also be shown in rotation on the day.


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