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Pupils' songs of praise.

Youngsters enjoyed a taste of fame after winning though to the finals of a singing competition.

Children from Viewley Hill Primary School have reached the final 20 in the Century FM's Sing-a-long Factor contest.

This week the radio station went to the school to record the children's version of Joy to the World which contains lyrics about the Boro, the Transporter Bridge and Captain Cook, penned by Year-five teacher Trudi Leighton-Cox.

Ten finalists will now be selected and each of them will be played on the station's breakfast show from December 12, before being opened up to a public vote to find the best.

"They will sing it unaccompanied," said Miss Leighton-Cox.

The aim of the competition, open to people across the North-east, is to find positive songs and passionate people about the North-east.

"I thought this was a good tune to use," said Miss Leighton-Cox: "It is quite rousing and almost echoes the sound of a football chant or song."

Year Five pupil Abigail Darby said: "I like the last verse. I'm going the tell everyone to listen to our song if it gets on the radio."

Other schools in Teesside who have made it through to the final 20 include:

Hartburn Primary School, Adelaide Grove, Hartburn; St Patricks RCVA Primary, Lingfield Road; St Patricks, Westbury St, Thornaby and Cestria Primary, Church Chare, Middlesbrough.

Joy to the world, from Middlesbrough

Let every Smoggy sing

Our hearts are filled with pride, at Middlesbrough Riverside.

Just hear that Riverside Roar, just hear that Riverside Roar,

The Pride of Teesside's Riverside Roar!

Captain James Cook, the world's explorer

Was a Marton lad

Born 1728, he chose to navigate

All around the globe, all around the globe

East and west around the globe.

The Transporter Bridge, built 1911

The largest of its kind

Built with expertise, it carries you with ease

Across the River Tees, across the River Tees,

In 90 seconds across the River Tees.

1829, Middlesbrough

Was founded by Joseph Pease

And ever since that date, it's grown to something great

Let's hear it for Boro, let's hear it for Boro

Good tidings and joy from Middlesbrough!
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 10, 2005
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