Nativity time for Dales youngsters

Special Story: Ashleigh Tyson asw Donkey, Amelia Moseley as Mary, Matthew Calvert as Joseph and Ellie Beastall and Noah Smith as the Angels gather round the crib of the baby Jesus in the Crich Infants School production 'The Smallest Star'.
Special Story: Ashleigh Tyson asw Donkey, Amelia Moseley as Mary, Matthew Calvert as Joseph and Ellie Beastall and Noah Smith as the Angels gather round the crib of the baby Jesus in the Crich Infants School production 'The Smallest Star'.

IT’S that time of year again when the tinsel and tea towels have been dusted down in preparation for pupils across the Dales to tread the boards for their Christmas shows.

School halls have been packed out as parents and relatives flocked to get a glimpse of their pint-sized performers taking to the stage.

Mercury photographer Paul Robinson has visited most of the infant and junior schools over the past few weeks to grab a few snaps of those, dressed in full costume, in action.

While some opted for the traditional nativity, others who have been putting on alternative plays and adding their own twist to Christmas.

Both Baslow St Anne’s and St Giles Primary in Matlock opted to host Prickly Hay, based on a popular children’s book which takes the traditional nativity and adds a musical hoedown theme.

Darley Churchtown went for the upbeatly-named Hosanna Rocks, while All Saints’ Infants in Matlock chose Humph the Camel, a story about a grumpy animal who meets the new-born king.