An impressive performance around Christmas led to a Huddersfield school choir being specially invited to a poignant ceremony to mark Holocaust Day.

An organiser of Thursday evening’s event at Quayside Huddersfield University was so captivated by the singing of Linthwaite C of E Ardron School pupils at a festive lights switch-on they were asked to take part in the lantern-lit tribute.

The 30-strong choir sang three items around a theme of peace.

And headteacher Eelin Megson said the youngsters did themselves proud.

“They had been practising hard for this since the new year,” said Mrs Megson. “But they love to perform and show off and all have very good singing voices.

“In fact, the whole school sings well and we love to sing.”

The children, aged from seven to 11, were also asked to decorate lanterns like others which were floated in the canal during the ceremony.

Mrs Megson said some of the children are studying the Holocaust as part of their curriculum. “So it was a valuable lesson as well,” she said.

Teaching assistant Jess Collier helped organise the choir on the night.

It marked the culmination of a series of events staged at the university which included a talk by Lilian Black about her father Eugene and his experience of surviving four concentrations camps. The day also featured holocaust survivor Leisel Carter.

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