Xmas Factor entries being sought

Peter Gardner from Gretna Gateway Outlet Village (right) and West Sound Radio presenter Bruce MacKenzie launch this year's Xmas Factor primary school carol-singing competition.
Peter Gardner from Gretna Gateway Outlet Village (right) and West Sound Radio presenter Bruce MacKenzie launch this year's Xmas Factor primary school carol-singing competition.

WHITHORN Primary School could be defending their title of Xmas Factor winners again at this year’s competition to find the region’s favourite choir.

The school beat off rival choirs from across Dumfries and Galloway at Gretna Gateway Village last December and took the festive crown with heir rendition of Away in a Manger, having been voted for by thousands of West Sound Radio listeners who heard and liked their talents.

The competition, run by Gretna Gateway Outlet Village and West Sound FM, is now in its third year and is open to primary schools across the region witha top prize of £500 for the winning school.

Four runners-up will receive £50 each.

To enter, schools choose one Christmas carol from a list of nine and then have eight weeks to practise before sending a recording of their performance to the competition organisers before the 2 November deadline.

The winning choir is chosen through a combination of public voting and independent judging. Initial entries are screened by a judging panel and a shortlist of ten is then put to a public vote on West Sound FM to choose the final line-up. A live sing-off between the five best choirs will then be held at Gretna Gateway at 11am on Sunday 11 December.

Evelyn Steel, p7 teacher at Whithorn Primary, said: “We all really enjoyed the Xmas Factor last year. It was a great experience for the pupils and really great for the local community who all got behind us and gave us their support.”

More on The Xmas Factor competition, including full details of how to enter can be found at www.westsoundradio.com. Schools must register their intention to enter by either emailing Karen@artisanpr.co.uk, or calling Tel: 01578 722690 by Friday 30 September.