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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Evening Mail Christmas Carol Service 2011

MUSIC and drama made for a special night at the Evening Mail Christmas Carol Service.

Pews were full at the event at St James’ Church, in Blake Street, Barrow, last night.

Besides the traditional carols, the service began with a short play, which set the traditional Christmas story of the shepherds in a modern day workshop.

Instead of seeing an angel, as the shepherds did, the protagonists were haunted by a mysterious voice promising something good to come.

The Reverend Matthew Peat, team rector for North Barrow, said he hoped the play would get people thinking.

He said: “It’s a chance for people to reflect on the story.

“Often we think of the Christmas story as being something from history and something on a Christmas card but it’s actually quite a living story we are invited to reflect upon over time. It’s not a conventional sermon, but it’s something I hope will bring people together and encourage them.”

Mr Peat said the service was just as important for the town as it had ever been.

He said: “It’s a hugely important event for Barrow. They are a chance for us to come together as a town and celebrate what is at the heart of Christmas.

“It’s always a full church and a very happy occasion.”

The drama was enhanced by a thunderous wind that assailed the church and whistled along with the choir.

However, it could not drown out the voices of the St James’ C of E Junior School choir, as they performed It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, The Sound of Angels and Away in a Manger.

Deputy head Joan Johnson said she and the around 40 eight to 11-year-olds had been practising hard since October.

It is a busy period for the award-winning choir, who were performing at the town hall today and have graced various locations around the town in recent weeks.

She said: “They come after school on Thursday evening for an hour and we have tried to squeeze a few extra practices in during the last week. They pick it up very, very quickly.”

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