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Holy tiger!

03 January 2014

I AM not sure what a tiger is doing in the nativity story, but I am told that this one played a part in the "spectacular presentation" of the nativity at the Bishop Cornish C of E Primary School in Saltash, Cornwall. It was also wrestled with as part of the Eastern entertainment. Even so, the school's pet turkey, Norman, had a starring role and remained unscathed, as did all the geese, ducks, and chickens. Nor was that the end to the menagerie, for goats accompanied the shepherds from the hill to the stable.

The Dean of Truro, the Very Revd Roger Bush, was a guest at the performance, which was staged in a large marquee specially erected in the school playground. No fewer than 50 angels sang Glorias for the 40 shepherds. And, while the Holy Family and shepherds were soberly dressed, as befitted their station in life, the kings and their entourages were gloriously arrayed in coloured silks - all costumes made by staff and parents.

The music was specially written by Ryan Hill, the music co-ordinator, and the unusual script was written by the staff. The packed performances by 180 children were watched by more than 400 parents and guests.

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