Princethorpe College students spread seasonal joy to senior citizens

Having fun at the party.
Having fun at the party.
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Princethorpe College sixth formers welcomed more than 60 guests to their annual senior citizens’ Christmas lunch.

The visitors were from seven care homes, with some making the journey for the very first time last week.

Enjoying the day.

Enjoying the day.

This year an additional guest list was sent out to grandparents of students.

Crackley Hall School’s Chamber Choir entertained guests with head of music Susan Olden conducting a confident mix of choral specialists through a selection of familiar Christmas tunes.

Organiser Anne Allen, assistant head of sixth form, said: “This was our biggest Christmas lunch to date and our sixth form volunteers were, as always, wonderful at serving refreshments and sharing their time with some of our oldest members of the local community.”

She said there was no need to invite guests to join in with the singing; an almost spontaneous wave of ‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas’ and ‘Jingle Bells’ swept across the atrium.

Sixth form musicians then took over the background ambience; Ben Pinto, Tom Barnes, Sabrina Pagliarini, Becky Tidd, Tilly Langford, Saffy Baker and Annalise Graham charmed guests with their musical prowess.

But organisers said it was the atmosphere of the two hour window of relaxation that will be best remembered.