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Schools to compete in Darlington Eurovision

ByDave Stopher

Jan 14, 2017

Schools across Darlington are set to compete in their own Eurovision song contest in a bid to raise money for the Mayor’s charities and good causes.

Following the success of last year’s event, the Mayor’s Darlington Schools Eurovision Song Contest is to return with choirs from 21 schools battling it out for the honours at the Dolphin Centre on Friday 10 February, from 6pm.

Young representatives from each school were invited to the Town Hall to attend the draw ceremony in the council chambers with the Mayor and Mayoress, Cllrs Brian and Doris Jones, and draw out their particular country. The selected country was all in the luck of the draw.

The songs come from countries that span the entire globe; some of the songs are very traditional tunes, others corny classics, while some are previous Eurovision winning entries. Schools will also be running projects on the country they have drawn.

Councillor Brian Jones, Mayor of Darlington said: “I’m delighted to continue what proved to be such a popular event last year and for the chance to meet some of Darlington’s very talented youngsters.
“I’m very excited to see what the competition will bring and hope as many people as possible will join us to cheer on the youngsters and help raise funds for the local charities and good causes.”

The idea of a primary schools’ Eurovision Song Contest was born from former Mayor Cllr Tom Nutt’s lifelong passion for international links and the towns’ associated twinning arrangements.