Christmas carols raise station roof

Pontefract bus station Christmas fun day.'Pictured: Inglebrook school singing carols
Pontefract bus station Christmas fun day.'Pictured: Inglebrook school singing carols

FESTIVE residents and local school pupils performed in a Christmas concert at Pontefract bus station to lift the spirits of commuters and raise cash for the town’s Prince of Wales Hospice

Pupils from Inglebrook School kicked off the annual charity event on Wednesday morning with a carol recital, before passengers enjoyed entertainment from local artists and groups, including Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT) and street dance artist Brendon Thompson.

Liam Needham, bus station manager, who organised the event, said: “It was a tremendous event and a great example of the community coming together.

“Everyone has really got behind this event, with people donating raffle prizes and all the pupils coming along to sing at the event and that’s what this bus station is about, it is at the heart of the community.”

The event also included performances from pupils from Pontefract’s Halfpenny Lane Primary School and St Giles’ C of E J&I School, the Salvation Army Brass band and Knottingley Angels cheerleaders.

Sgt Alan Studd, from Pontefract and Knottingley NPT, said: “Six of our officers are going to be singing a few Christmas songs in traditional police office costume. I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for local schools and local talent to get together in support of the hospice.”

Wakefield Council youth development support service also set up a stall in the Horsefair station to show its support by running facepainting and children’s activities.