Nativities are in full swing across the region as schools and nurseries get into the festive spirit.
But one Preston school has hosted a nativity with a difference – by attempting to break a world record.
Pupils, staff and parents at Archbishop Temple High School in Fulwood staged a Guinness Book of Record attempt, with more than 1,000 people dressed in traditional costumes, in a bid to hold the largest living nativity.
Headteacher Gill Jackson, who dressed as the Angel Gabriel for the occasion, described the day as “absolutely fantastic”.
She said: “The school is celebrating its 50th birthday. We’ve got a whole series of different events and as part of that we thought it would be quite fun to try and crack a world record.
“One of the pupils had the idea of a nativity scene. We are a Church of England school so it seemed to fit nicely with what we are doing. We realised the record was just short of our numbers on roll and 845 is the number we were trying to beat.”
Pupils from Corpus Cristi Catholic Sports College and Queens Drive Primary School also joined in with the attempt.
Mrs Jackson said: “One of our science teachers was the star, and we have a real baby.
“One of the science teachers is on maternity leave so her son Finn, who is three months old, was our baby. It’s given a real buzz to the place – the parents have been very supportive and there have been an awful lot of costumes made and bought.
“845 is the current world record and we are hoping to be over 1,000.”
The attempt was held in the school’s play ground, and the school will find out if they have successfully smashed the record in about six weeks.
Mrs Jackson said: “It is a lovely thing to do before Christmas – pupils here are fantastic and they are really with us on this.”
Staff, governors and parents got involved along with pupils, and Mrs Jackson described it as a “real community thing”.
Everyone chose their own costumes, with angels, sheep and shepherds proving popular, and the group stood in costume to make a tableau.
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