| 15°C Belfast

Claudy teenagers create a Christmas wonderland to unite the community

Close

Young people from Claudy have banded together to create a very special cross-community Christmas project for children in the village. [stock photo]

Young people from Claudy have banded together to create a very special cross-community Christmas project for children in the village. [stock photo]

Young people from Claudy have banded together to create a very special cross-community Christmas project for children in the village. [stock photo]

Young people from Claudy have banded together to create a very special cross-community Christmas project for children in the village.

Teenage students from St Patrick's and St Bridget's College in the Co Londonderry village have been working hard for weeks to turn Claudy Youth Club into an Elves' Christmas Workshop.

There, local primary school children from both sides of the community can meet Mrs Claus, find out where they stand on the naughty and nice list and post their letters to Santa.

Not only will the teenagers' endeavours delight local children, but they will also help them achieve good grades in their GCSEs.

Today and tomorrow parents from across the district will converge on the totally teenage-conceived and led, truly winter wonderland.

St Patrick's and St Bridget's College teacher Paddy McCourt says that it is the first time a Christmas event has been held in the village and he and his students hope that it will bring both sides of the community together to revel in the magic of the season again.

"The students have been working very hard to put this all together," he said.

Daily Headlines & Evening Telegraph Newsletter

Receive today's headlines directly to your inbox every morning and evening, with our free daily newsletter.

This field is required

"It is really stunning and really beautiful. There's a real warmth to the place and the way they have decorated the youth club invokes wonderful childhood nostalgia.

Mr McCourt added: "It is a fantastic way to bring all sections of the community together under one roof to have conversations again, to meet up with old friends, for kids to play, to believe in Christmas and believe in Santa again and to get their letters written and to have fun for a few hours.

"It is more than invoking the spirit of Christmas in the community.

"This project is about supporting the learning needs of both the youth club and the school. Organising and rolling out this project contributes to the students' Prince's Trust community project, and will lead to some of our students getting a double B grade at GCSE."


Top Videos



Privacy