Mr Paul Savage hosted his first Christmas concert at Rochester Cathedral last night since becoming Head of Gad’s Hill School earlier this year.

Mr Savage, 38, welcomed guests, parents, Governors and friends of Gad’s to an evening of readings and carols.

Members of the school’s choir performed traditional songs and modern festive numbers, accompanied by the school’s marimba ensemble.

Teachers and pupils, as young as six, took to the pulpit to give readings from the nine lessons, while Year two children performed a series of tableaux to illustrate the Nativity story.

Mr Savage said: “The carol service is a time-honoured tradition at Gad’s and is a lovely way to mark the end of another great term and the start of Christmas celebrations for our children and their families.

Special guests at the annual event were: The Mayor and Mayoress of Medway, Councillor Steve Iles and Councillor Mrs Josi Isles along with the Deputy Mayor of Gravesham, Cllr Lesley Boycott and her Escort, Cllr William Lambert.

The Welcome and Bidding Prayer was conducted by Canon Rachel Phillips.

Supported by a Salvation Army band, the finale was ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’.

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