SCHOOLCHILDREN rocked out venues all over Barrow town centre in an effort to spread Christmas cheer.

As the Barrow BID Christmas choir competition got underway for 2019 the sweet sound of music could be heard in all corners of the town.

Schools choirs went head to head in the first round of the competition for the chance to be crowned Barrow Choir Competition Champions and win a trophy.

There will also be £200 in vouchers available for the winning school as well as pantomime tickets for The Forum.

Ormsgill Primary School, Roose Primary school, St.Pius X Catholic Primary School, and George Hastwell School took part yesterday and more will compete again next Friday.

They are all aiming to be in the final four that will get to perform at The Forum on December 15.

Nicola Bower, deputy headteacher at George Hastwell, said: “We have been developing our signing choir over the past year and we thought it would be good for our pupils to do the competition.

“We have 21 pupils and 12 staff members in our choir with Cheryl who leads them, and they really enjoyed it, we had quite a few parents there to support us.”

Dawn Hubbold, assistant headteacher at Ormsgill School, said: “We always have a choir and it was lovely, a few parents came to watch as well.

“It was nice in the Odd Frog as the children went on stage, they felt like rockstars."

Colin Garnett, manager of Barrow Bid, said: “The idea behind the competition is to try and engage with schools and young people and encourage them to come into the town centre and be part or the community."