TOP EFFORT: Children at Green Lane School, in Barnard Castle, worked hard to put on the show
TOP EFFORT: Children at Green Lane School, in Barnard Castle, worked hard to put on the show

PUPILS at a primary school in Barnard Castle helped a church tell the story of the strength of women with a unique performance before a packed congregation.

Parents, teachers and well-wishers watched as children from Green Lane Primary School sang and danced at St Mary’s Parish Church on Sunday afternoon.

With help from the church’s community choir and band, year four and five children performed the biblical story of Ruth. Revd Canon Alec Harding was the narrator and sported an outfit of a king.

Annette Butters, organist and musical director, said: “We decided to do something different for our 4pm service.

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“Alec has been looking at strong women so we created a biblical musical based on the story of Ruth. You don’t often hear about strong women in the bible. It’s also a story of real friendship and loyalty. They become migrants but they are welcomed, which is very topical.”

The bible story tells how Ruth’s husband and father-in-law die, and she helps her mother-in-law, Naomi, find protection. They travel to Bethlehem and Ruth wins the love of Boaz.

The school took part in workshops and were given a huge round of applause following the shows.