The new recording of the Band Aid charity single may be hitting the national headlines ... but pupils in Scissett are doing something similar in their own way.
For Scissett C of E First School pupils aged from four to 10 have made their own special Christmas CD for a local charity very close to their hearts.
And they were not far off breaking a world record when they recorded a festive selection of eight songs in less than two hours after turning their hall into an artists’ studio.
The impressive tracklisting ranges from well-known carols such as Away in a Manger and Little Drummer Boy to church classics, including the Lord’s Prayer.
All profits from the CD, which has been called Scissett First Raises the Roof, will be given to help fund repairs of the school’s linked church, St Augustine’s, which was recently vandalised by thieves.
The CD was devised by assistant headteacher Cathy Hampshire and music co-ordinator Heather Boulby and they enlisted the help of Huddersfield recording artist Steven Todd to turn it into a reality.
Cathy said: “We had been practising throughout the week and the actual recording was great. The children were amazing. Of course, we’d like to think the CD is better than Band Aid – the children sung so beautifully.”
Cathy and Heather have spent the weekend producing the record and hope to see it go on sale in the middle of this week at the first school’s office. They cost £5 each.