Twas a few nights before Christmas and Chapel St Leonards was full of the hustle and bustle of children from the local primary school heading to the Methodist Chapel dressed as soldiers, shepherds, angels, and the three wise men.
There was standing room only as the school, which was recently placed in the top 20 across the county for its Key Stage two achievements, performed the Christmas Story before the local community.
Twenty-five children, aged between nine and 11, acted out the story of Christmas in verse and song, with such gusto and enthusiasm it brought many a tear to the eyes of the audience.
The cast finished their finale with ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’ to rapturous applause.
Afterwards, helpers served festive refreshments and surprise presents of large Santas were given to all of the children.