Festive treats

AULD LANG SYNE: Save the Children branch members enjoy their Christmas Miscellany.
AULD LANG SYNE: Save the Children branch members enjoy their Christmas Miscellany.
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The Cleckheaton branch of Save the Children held its annual Christmas Miscellany at Tong Hall.

Guest performers were Sarah Spence – a young jazz singer, who is in her final year of a Media Technology degree at the University of Salford – and James Gall playing the bagpipes.

James was taught to play by his grandfather and is a most accomplished player, having come 12th in the world championships when playing with a Grade 1 pipe band.

Margaret Walker, from the Cleckheaton branch, said: “The audience really appreciated the well-known tunes he played.

“Members of the committee also presented items – a child’s view of the Bible from Michael Walker, and readings from Dickens by Eileen Foxall and Jennifer McKinlay.

“Our regional organiser, Sarah Broscombe, gave a short account of the work of Save the Children, Jack Ashforth acted as compere and Peter Jackson accompanied the singing.

“The evening was brought to a close by the singing of Auld Lang Yyne with James playing the bagpipes.

“A supper of Christmas fare as well as mulled wine all helped make the evening a very festive occasion.

“A tombola, the sale of programmes, Christmas cards and decorations all helped swell the total raised to £546. Thanks to all our patrons, and especially Mr and Mrs Paul Finn for the use of the hall.”