The best way to spread Christmas cheer- is singing loud for all to hear!
That is exactly what was done last night (December 12), at the annual Christmas Celebration hosted by Northumbria Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The event saw a range of performances from local schools including Central Walker Church of England, Tyne View Primary, Walkergate Primary and West Walker Primary all singing Christmas carols as well a special performance by the Northern Counties All Deaf Signing Choir.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird, who joined in last night by reading a poem, said: “I was delighted to see so many people from our communities and emergency services staff coming together to get into the festive spirit.
“Our officers do a great job, often in incredibly challenging circumstances and it doesn’t stop over the holiday period so the concert is a perfect opportunity to thank them and to celebrate Christmas with local residents and partners.”
The evening also saw the reveal of our first Northumbria Police Calendar which is made up of designs submitted by children across the force area as part of a competition. The calendar sees a variety of drawings that highlight important safety messages.
Chief Constable Winton Keenen, who hosted the celebration, said: “This concert is always a great chance for our neighbourhoods to get to know us a little better and the turnout was fantastic.
“We changed this year’s venue to Walker Riverside Academy, in order to have it in the heart of the community. The public are what makes our communities so amazing and welcoming and we love coming together with them during the festive season to host these kinds of events.”