Festive day for Knaresborough students

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Children and young people at The Forest School in Knaresborough have taken part in a festive celebration.

Following a candlelight procession of pupils, there were carols, readings and a few words on the true Christmas message from Rev Garry Hinchcliffe, Knaresborough Team Rector.

Guest of honour was Pete Dwyer, corporate director for Children and Young People’s Service at North Yorkshire County Council.

Other local dignitaries attending included the Mayor of Harrogate, Coun Jim Clark, and the Mayor of Knaresborough, Coun Tony Handley.

Peter Hewitt, headteacher of the school for children with a wide range of learning difficulties, said: “This event is a wonderful tradition now at our school.

“Children, staff, parents and governors were all in excellent voice and were ably supported by the Knaresborough Silver Band. It is really heart-warming to hear visitors paying such wonderful tributes to our school and the work that we do here.

“Indeed one regular guest said ‘Christmas has never really begun until I have been to the Carol Service at The Forest School’.”

The school recently took part in the annual Christmas Tree event at St John’s Church in Knaresborough. Their entry so impressed that it still remains on show.