Kircudbright rejoice at Xmas Factor success

Kircudbright Primary School won the Xmas Factor carol singing competition and were awarded a �500 cheque
Kircudbright Primary School won the Xmas Factor carol singing competition and were awarded a �500 cheque

The Grand Final of this year’s Xmas Factor Primary School carol-singing competition, saw Kirkcudbright Primary School scoop the trophy.

Held at Gretna Gateway on Sunday 6 December, the competition is organised by the outlet village and West Sound Radio and is open to schools across Dumfries and Galloway.

Amisfield, Eastriggs, Hoddom, Johnstonebridge and Kirkcudbright primaries made it through to Sunday’s event, which was judged by Lisa McNab from Gretna Gateway, Tommy Jardine, host of West Sound’s Breakfast Show, plus one of Dumfries and Galloway’s top musical talents, operatic Tenor Nicky Spence.

Nicky had flown in from Frankfurt especially for the final and entertained the crowds on the day with a stunning rendition of Funiculi Funicula.

All five schools stuck to traditional carols with Eastriggs and Johnstonebridge primaries singing We Three Kings and Hoddom and Kircudbright both opting for Silent Night.

Amisfield Primary sang a beautiful rendition of Away in a Manger.

Kirkcudbright Primary were eventually chosen as the winners after impressing the judges with their beautiful performance of Silent Night, just pipping the rest to the prize.

They won a cheque for £500 plus a special Xmas Factor trophy.

Each of the runner-up schools received a cheque for £50 and a special finalist’s certificate.

Head Judge, Nicky Spence said: “The finalists were all amazing, giving accomplished performances featuring strong solos, funky chords and beautiful melodies.

“It’s always such a pleasure to hear them sing – they are a real credit to their teachers, schools and families.”

Lisa McNab, Gretna Gateway said: “This is the seventh year of the Xmas Factor and as always, the fabulous performances by all five finalists made the job of judging extremely difficult.

“We’d like to thank all of the children, their teachers and families for the hard work they put in to the competition.

“They have helped us create another wonderful, heart-warming event that our shoppers love and which is the perfect start to the festive season.”