Primary schools get in some last-minute practice

WILL Whithorn Primary School choir scoop the region’s Xmas Factor prize for a third year in a row?

That is the question on everyone’s lips as the deadline for entry to the competition looms.

The region’s carol-singing primary school pupils have less than two weeks of choir practice left before the entry deadline for this year’s Xmas Factor carol competition run by Gretna Gateway Outlet Village and West Sound Radio.

The organisers are keen to remind teachers about the 2 November entry cut-off date for the contest which is now in its fourth year and which last year attracted entries from around a quarter of the region’s primary schools.

Open to choirs of up to 30 pupils, the Xmas Factor has a top prize of £500 plus a special trophy for the winning school, and £50 each for the four runners-up. Last year Whithorn Primary secured the top prize for the second year in a row.

To enter, schools choose one Christmas carol from a list of eight and then send a recording of their performance to the competition organisers. The judging panel initially shortlists ten entries from all those received and this list is put to a public vote via the West Sound website to decide the final five who will compete for the £500 prize in a live sing-off to be held at Gretna Gateway Outlet Village at 11am on Sunday 9 December.

Lisa McNab, Gretna Gateway said; “We’ve had lots of initial interest from schools right across Dumfries and Galloway and expect this year’s Xmas Factor to be the biggest and best so far. We’re really looking forward to receiving all the entries in a few days’ time.”

More information on The Xmas Factor competition can be found at or