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The Nativity gets by on a wing and a prayer

Parent power is back, at least in the first two years of primary. For mums are hard at work, late into the evenings, responding to requests from heidies to produce costumes for the annual Nativity play.

Tea towels and old sheets are at a premium, while shops run out of tinsel for crowns and tin foil and coat-hangers for angel wings. One Glasgow primary has decided to wing it rather less lavishly this year.

Instructions sent home to parents on the requirements for angels specifically requested "small wings", a reference to last year's epic in which one angelic pupil turned up with a four-feet wingspan. This proved particularly dangerous to fellow members of the heavenly host, who disappeared off stage at the slightest flap.

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