PUPILS aged between six and 13 in Newton Aycliffe will take part in a special performance next week.

All of the participants have been involved in a ten-week signing course with tutor Margaret Bain.

She has taught the children sign language to music, and everyone involved has learned the basics of communicating in sign language to a deaf person. Students will be signing on the night and Mrs Bain will interpret.

Newton Aycliffe schools taking part will be St Mary's, Stephenson Way, Woodham Burn, St Joseph's, Byerley Park, Sugar Hill, Greenfield and Woodham comprehensive. They will be joined by Gainford School and Blackfyne school, from Consett.

The School Extravaganza will be held at Greenfield School, Newton Aycliffe, on Monday, at 7pm.

Tickets can be ordered by ringing 0795 8550395 every day except Sundays.

Money raised on the night will be split between the Ann Teasdale Appeal and Sign On For Signing.