Two DUP MLAs have delivered a vocal electronic Christmas message to their constituents by recording a video of them carol singing.
Lagan Valley MLAs Edwin Poots and Jonathan Craig performed alongside councillors James Tinsley and Hazel Gamble as well as office staff and posted the effort online.
Accompanied by DUP councillor Paul Porter on guitar, the political singers performed a medley of ‘Long Time Ago in Bethlehem’, the calypso-rhythm song made famous by 1980s disco outfit Boney M, and ‘Silent Night’, written by a German priest Joseph Mohr in 1816.
Mr Poots, who had just returned from Brazil, where his missionary son Samuel was married last week, said that the Lagan Valley DUP office staff started the tradition last year.
A modest Mr Poots explained: “I don’t think I was available last year – [fellow MLA] Paul Givan was in it last year and I think it’s much better quality this year, remarkably enough – the loss of Paul and the addition of me; I don’t whether that had anything to do with it or whether the office staff [have improved].”
The former Stormont health minister, who wore a jumper dominated by a large image of a Christmas pudding, added: “It’s just a bit of fun – we’re all dressed in our Christmas jumpers and getting into the Christmas spirit.
“What better way to do it than to sing a couple of carols which actually reflect the Christmas message in the process?”
Mr Poots said that he enjoyed singing harmonies “and if you identify a bit of harmony in Silent Night ... maybe you didn’t hear much harmony in it”, adding that he is attempting to follow the Biblical exhortation to “make a joyful noise”.