School choir brings sounds of Christmas to Bodnant


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A Llandudno school choir brought the sounds of Christmas to Bodnant Welsh Food Centre.

Youngsters from Ysgol Bodafon, sporting fun Christmas hats, were applauded by shoppers along with friends and family as they performed a medley of festive tunes at Bodnant’s Christmas market.

The choir’s performance was followed by carols from pupils at Ysgol Bro Gwydir from Llanrwst, and Ysgol Porth y Felin.

Youngsters can also book to join Santa for Sunday breakfast in December.

Bodnant Welsh Food Centre’s retail manager Rebecca Williams said “We invited our local schools to perform, as we feel that we are very much part of this community.

“It was lovely hearing the children sing the carols and festive songs, it brought a real Christmas atmosphere to Bodnant, and the children seemed to be having a great time.

The 30-strong choir, with children from Years One to Six is led by teacher Kathryn Mann. The children sang Christmas Time, Unto Us A Child Is Born, Hallelujah Sing Hallelujah, A Message, and We Can’t Squeeze You In.

Ysgol Bodafon assistant head teacher Bernadette Thomas said: “This is the first time we’ve sang at Bodnant, and we were delighted to be asked. The children have been practising hard for this, and seen to really enjoying themselves.

“It’s lovely to see a large audience for them – they will also be singing at St Paul’s Church Hall in Llandudno on December 5 for the school’s Christmas fair.”

Alix Winsor from Llandudno was there to support her 10-year-old son Nathan, who wore a Christmas tree hat during the songs.

“He’s been rehearsing all the songs because he wants to sing them to his gran as well,” said Alix. “I come to Bodnant quite often, and I think the Christmas market is a great idea, as there are lots of ideas for gifts.”

Mark Draper was there with his five-year-old son Liam to watch older daughters Katie, eight, and Hollie, nine, perform the medley of tunes.

“They love being in the choir and it’s good to hear them sing outside school – they have also been practising together at home,” said Mark, from Llandundo.

Hugh Jones of Henryd in the Conwy valley was there to support five-year-old grandson Ellis Bilton’s performance.

He said: “It’s a beautiful setting here at Bodnant – the children really seemed to be enjoying themselves, and relishing the chance to perform. It brought a very festive atmosphere to the Christmas market.”

Bodnant Welsh Food, set in the beautiful Conwy Valley, is located in a building dating from the 18th century that has been lovingly restored and includes a farm shop, tea room, restaurant, cookery school and farmhouse accommodation

For more information about Bodnant Welsh Food, go to  www.bodnant-welshfood.co.uk/

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