The angel Gabriel came down from heaven - in a cherry picker - at a new pageant staged at Gimingham.

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A crowd of about 150 people turned out to watch, sing carols and follow Mary and Joseph from Nazareth (the village hall) to Bethlehem (the Old Mill), stopping off for a brief rest at All Saints’ Church along the way.

The cast of about 30 comprised of villagers, angels, kings and shepherds, went about recreating the nativity story under the bemused eyes of a cohort of Roman Soldiers.

Baby Jesus was born in a horsebox beneath a star.

Organiser Roger Burford said: “Shepherds, Angels and Kings somehow managed to make it there to adore Him (actually a baby girl, but we did our best!) and then everybody went back to the Village Hall for mulled wine, soup and mince pies.

“We were lucky enough to have chosen the right evening for our pageant; no wind or rain but sun went down so late that we had to delay the start, so that the Angel Gabriel had her apparatus-for-descent-from-heaven ( a ‘cherry-picker’) obscured by dusk before she could appear.

“It was all a bit like ‘Dibley’, but a lovely way to start Christmas.”

The collection raised £200 to be divided between the Philippines Disaster fund and the Norfolk Flood Appeal.

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