A GROUP of deaf children put on a performance inspired by The Greatest Showman to showcase their pride in their abilities.

The children, who attend the enhances mainstream provision (EMP) at Durham Gilesgate Primary School, put on the show for deaf awareness week.

As well as demonstrating difficulties deaf children can face, they put on a signed performance of This is Me, from the hit musical film.

Lauren Temple, a teacher of the deaf, said: “The children wanted to showcase to parents, staff and children how proud they are to be deaf. They chose the song because they could related to the meaning behind the lyrics.”

Headteacher Mark Turner said: “The hearing impaired children in our school were simply amazing. Their performance raised the profile of deaf awareness with adults and children alike. It was wonderful to see such confident children celebrating their identity in such as positive way.”

Helen Clark, team leader for hearing impaired children and young people at Durham County Council, said: “It was marvellous to see the thought-provoking drama and moving signed song that encouraged us all to think about issues that deaf people face every day and how to help overcome them.

“The hearing impaired children were absolutely superb; confident, joyful and proud as they performed and celebrated who they are. A huge well done and thank you to them and all those who made this wonderful event possible.”

They have raised around £500 for the National Deaf Children Society though a raffle and cake sale and they will perform again at Tesco Extra, in Durham, on Friday.