A MYTHICAL 50ft monster snaked its way around one of the region’s best-loved landmarks at a concert this afternoon.

More than 250 children from primary schools across Sunderland visited Durham Cathedral to give a rendition of the Wearside folk song the Lambton Worm.

The children also designed and made a costume of the fabled monster as part of the show.

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Pupils were taking part in an annual concert organised by Durham Cathedral’s Music Outreach Programme, led by Mish Kelly.

The concert also included pieces as varied as Let it Be by The Beatles and the Halleljuah Chorus, by Handel.

The Cathedral’s girl choristers joined forces with children from Barnwell Primary, Dubmire Primary, Easington Lane Primary, Redby Primary, St Cuthbert’s RC Primary, Usworth Colliery Primary, Wessington Primary and Willowfields Primary Schools will fill the Cathedral with song.

Coun Pat Smith, of Sunderland City Council, said: "We hope the children and their families all enjoy this wonderful occasion, which they have all worked so hard with their schools to prepare for.

"We really value the long standing partnership we have with Durham Cathedral through this Music Outreach Programme.

"It not only provides our schools with the opportunity to learn musical skills and develop musical talent alongside the choristers, but also to perform in front of friends and family in historic and hallowed surroundings."