Pupils’ show at civic service

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TALENTED pupils from Eastwood Comprehensive made impressive contributions to Eastwood Town Council’s annual Mayor’s Civic Service which took place at the Parish Church of St Mary.

Town Mayor Ken Woodhead extended a warm welcome to members of the community as well as special guests including the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Nottingham, Michael Wildgust and his wife Carole.

Cllr Ken Woodhead said: “I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the pupils from Eastwood Comprehensive and all of those who attended.

“It was a tremendous service and everyone there really, really enjoyed it.

“The pupil’s performances were absolutely wonderful and they deserve a lot of credit, they organised it all themselves, they were fantastic.”

Pupils from Eastwood Comprehensive put on performances, Josh Housley played a guitar solo, Sophie Williams and Anna Haine sang a duet as did Alisha Wilmot and Georgia Stables.

Rev David Stephenson assisted by Rev Liz Murray, conducted the service which consisted of carols, music and bible readings.

Cllr Woodhead was joined by Cllr Wildgust in spending time reading messages left by loved ones on St Mary’s church’s Tree of Hope and Love.

Church member, Cllr Brian Griffin said: “The tree is already adorned with more than 40 messages which have been written on cards and hung on the branches. The messages bring a lump to your throat.”

Cash collected during the service will go to Cllr Woodhead’s chosen charities, British Heart Foundation and Mencap.