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Omagh County PS choir star on Children in Need tonight

A MILLION dreams may be keeping the pupils of Omagh County awake, but that won’t stop the school choir performing at one of the most-watched television shows of the year – Children In Need.

The talented young choir have been specially hand-picked to represent Tyrone in the BBC telethon extravaganza, which will be broadcast live to thousands of families this evening.

The choir, under the direction of conductor, Beverley Pollock and accompanist, Gayle Mathers, will be joined on-stage by a selected school choir from Counties Armagh, Antrim, Down, Fermanagh and Derry, to help raise money for disadvantaged children.

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United as one voice and donned in the same bright purple T-shirt, the six-county choir ensemble will perform the uplifting number, ‘A Million Dreams’ from the musical, The Greatest Showman.

Fittingly the song tells of hope for the future and dreams which can become a reality, while encouraging perseverance and positivity.

Jill Funston, principal of Omagh County PS, said that the members of the school choir can’t wait to be on television.

“The children are totally excited; there is a real buzz around the school,” she beamed. “It really is an honour and a privilege for them to be a part of something so prestigious as Children in Need.

“It means a lot to them, particularly as it is something that our pupils have grown up with. It doesn’t matter what age you are, everybody stops and watches Children in Need.”

Jill added, “To be chosen to represent the county of Tyrone really is a testament to the children’s continued dedication to the choir, and how much they enjoy being a part of it.”

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First established in 1980, Children in Need aims to make a difference to the lives of children all across the UK. Its vision is that every child has a childhood which is safe, happy and secure and one which allows them the chance to reach their full potential.

The charity, which is currently supporting 2,400 projects across the UK, provides grants which focus on children and young people who are facing a range of disadvantages, such as poverty, deprivation, disabled young people and children who have the victims of abuse or neglect.

To help fundraise for the worthy cause, the Omagh County PS pupils recently hosted a Children in Need Day at the school. The clever pupils made a wealth of cupcakes and cookies decorated to look like Pudsey bear – and there was even a range of gluten free treats which meant that everyone could enjoy the festivities.

• To watch the Omagh County PS choir perform at this year’s BBC Children in Need, and donate to Children in Need, tune in to BBC Two today (Friday, November 15) from 7.30pm. The performance will also be broadcast again on Sunday.

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