School in run­ning for fes­tive TV play

Southport Visiter - - Family Health -

ASOUTHPORT school’s Christ­mas play could be hit­ting mil­lions of TV screens around the UK af­ter be­ing named as a fi­nal­ist in Vir­gin TV’s Christ­mas Stars com­pe­ti­tion.

Our Lady of Lour­des Catholic Pri­mary School en­tered its na­tiv­ity into the com­pe­ti­tion and it has been short­listed as a fi­nal­ist.

That means the play could be filmed and made avail­able to four mil­lion Vir­gin TV cus­tomers in the days lead­ing up to Christ­mas.

The com­pe­ti­tion win­ners will work with TV en­ter­tainer Stephen Mul­h­ern, who will join the cast as nar­ra­tor for a one­off per­for­mance.

The win­ning school will re­ceive £5,000, while a run­ner-up will be awarded £1,000. Twenty-two schools will also be awarded £100 for reach­ing the fi­nal stage.

In its en­try, the school said: “The gifts of peace, hope and joy, live in every girl and boy.

“In our play they are placed un­der the tree, as a re­minder of what every Christ­mas should be.

“Our 38 spe­cial chil­dren shine like stars and they want to share the first Christ­mas story near and far.

“Vir­gin Me­dia could make their dreams come true, telling them the news would be the best thing we could do.”

David Bouch­ier, chief dig­i­tal en­ter­tain­ment of­fi­cer at Vir­gin Me­dia, said: “A huge con­grat­u­la­tions to South­port’s Our Lady of Lour­des Catholic Pri­mary School for reach­ing the fi­nal stage of our mag­i­cal Christ­mas Stars com­pe­ti­tion.

“The pro­duc­tion has the per­fect in­gre­di­ents for a feel-good fes­tive play which could be en­joyed by mil­lions of Vir­gin TV cus­tomers this Christ­mas.

“We’ve now got the tough task of choos­ing a win­ner from our fan­tas­tic fi­nal­ists – good luck Our Lady of Lour­des.”

Stephen Mul­h­ern launches the Stars com­pe­ti­tion

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