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Norwich church filled with festive spirit for Evening News Carols for Christmas service

PUBLISHED: 21:37 13 December 2016 | UPDATED: 21:37 13 December 2016

Evening News Carols for Christmas service at St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich.
December 2016.

Picture: James Bass

Evening News Carols for Christmas service at St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich. December 2016. Picture: James Bass

James Bass Photography

One of the city's oldest churches was filled with festive cheer and seasonal song for a special candlelit event.

The carols

There were six carols performed during the night, along with several readings from the bible.

The carols:

• Once in Royal David’s City

• O Little Town of Bethlehem

• Silent night! Holy night!

• While shepherds watched their flocks by night

• In the bleak midwinter

• O Come, all ye faithful

The choir was made up of the Choral Scholars of the Church of St Peter Mancroft, conducted by Jody Butler, director of music.

Hundreds of people gathered at St Peter Mancroft Church tonight to take part in the Evening News Carols for Christmas service.

The historic building was illuminated in a gentle glow as each guest was handed a candle to hold throughout the evening.

And it was the angelic voices of the church’s choir which began the service, with a rendition of Once in Royal David’s City.

As with previous years, the service raised funds for the Mancroft Advice Project (MAP), a charity which offers support and advice to young people.

Evening News Carols for Christmas service at St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich.
December 2016.

Picture: James BassEvening News Carols for Christmas service at St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich. December 2016. Picture: James Bass

The audience members joined in to sing several carols during the night, and bible passages were read out by guests including Barbara Miller, vice chair of MAP, and Simon Wright, chief executive of Nelson’s Journey.

Evening News editor David Powles said: “We were delighted to host the Evening News Carols for Christmas Concert, which as always was a perfect way to get the festive season up and running.

“The Mancroft Advice Project does so much good work in the city so I was really happy people were prepared to dig so deeply for them.”

Last week saw the EDP’s own carol service take place inside the stunning 15th century setting of St Andrew’s Hall.

All proceeds from last night’s event will go towards the Mancroft Advice Project.

For more information about the charity, visit www.map.uk.net

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