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By Lisa Barbour
Annan and Eskdale
Christmas carol singing contest launches

AN ANNUAL search has been launched for the region’s top carol singing primary school.

CAROL CONTEST . . . Lisa McNab, of Gretna Gateway, and Tommy Jardine, of West Sound, launch the 2015 Xmas Factor primary schools carol-singing competition

Gretna Gateway Outlet Village is hosting its Xmas Factor contest for the seventh time,
offering a top prize of £500 and a special trophy plus £50 for each of the four runners-up.
The eventual winners will be chosen through a combination of public voting and
independent judging and schools have until September 25 to register their intention to
enter.
Lisa McNab, of Gretna Gateway, said: “Over the past six years we have heard some
amazing singing talent from schools large and small across the region.
“It’s always really heart-warming to listen to each entry and we know that the efforts of all the children and their teachers are greatly appreciated by West Sound listeners and Gretna Gateway shoppers. We’re really looking forward to hearing this year’s contenders.”
Schools must choose one carol from a list of eight and then have eight weeks to send in a recording of their performance in advance of the November 3 deadline.
The judging panel initially shortlists ten entries and the list is then put to a public vote to decide the final five, who will battle it out in a live grand final at the shopping centre on December 6.
Elaine Watson, headteacher of last year’s winners Cargenbridge Primary School, who
impressed the judges with their beautiful rendition of In the Bleak Midwinter, said:
“The children loved the whole experience from start to finish and it gave them a great
opportunity to showcase their talents and hard work to a wider audience. I’d definitely
recommend entering the competition.”
Schools must register their intention to enter by e-mailing [email protected] or by calling 01578 722690 by Friday September 25.

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