IT'S the 2,000-year-old tale chronicling the birth of Jesus - played out each year by schoolchildren.

The Daily Echo has visited schools across Southampton and Hampshire to capture the magical moments from this year's Nativity plays.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the youngsters in action, and get get 25 per cent of the cost of photographs with our online purchasing system.

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We will print the second part of the supplement in the Daily Echo on Thursday (December 20), which will feature other schools from across the region.

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