Rory Stewart MP attended Crosby-on-Eden School’s carol service last week which took place in St John the Evangelist church. The service was led by Rev Tim Edwards and Rory read the poem ‘The Journey of the Magi’ – an account of the three kings’ journey to Bethlehem by T.S. Eliot. One group of children acted out the traditional nativity scene, while children in the pews sang a collection of Christmas carols.

Rory last visited the school in January 2016 in the aftermath of Storm Desmond, when the school building had been severely flooded and children were taking classes from portacabins erected in the playground. Twelve months later and the school is now back to normal, with resilience measures in place to ensure it is better protected in the future.

Following the event Rory said: “I am astounded by the energy and resilience of this school and the wider Crosby-on-Eden community who have demonstrated incredible spirit through a very challenging time. This carol service was a reminder of just how far we have come since last year and an opportunity to celebrate together.

It was a wonderful carol service, and the children were all superb. And I would like to thank the school’s staff and Rev Tim Edwards for allowing me to be part of this very special service. I hope that this year everyone has a much more peaceful Christmas.”


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