Carols mark start of the festive season

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Preston’s Town Hall came alive with music for an evening of Christmas carol singing.

The musical event was hosted by the Mayor of Preston, Coun Veronica Afrin, and saw the One Voice Community Choir sing some festive favourites.

The Christmas fun was held in the council chamber and guests were treated to a drinks reception before the choir took to the stage.

Coun Afrin said: “Carols in the chamber marks the real beginning of Christmas and is a fantastic opportunity for people to come together and enjoy themselves and really get into the festive spirit.

“It was a fantastic event and a great opportunity to raise money for Galloway’s society for the blind, which is my designated charity.”

The One Voice Community Choir, which is based in Preston but has members from across the North West, sang its way into the final of this year’s BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year, only narrowly missing out on the title.

Formed 14 years ago the choir has raised funds for many charities, and is known for lively and fun performances of gospel songs and inspirational classics. On the night, they sang songs including Joy to the World, Oh Come Emmanuel and How Excellent.

The choir and audience together also sang some traditional carols, including Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and Oh Come All Ye Faithful.

Louise Hogg, the choir’s social media officer, said: “It was a great evening and I think most people would agree that it was the beginning of Christmas as the Christmas spirit was felt as the evening went on.

“We have taken part in the Mayor’s carol service on a number of occasions now and its a privilege to take part in the special event.

“It was a very good turnout and those lucky to be there enjoyed a special and also very funny evening as the compere Father Timothy was as always, funny and entertaining with a fantastic version of the play Scrooge. It was a very joyful and festive evening.”

The choir’s next concert will take place tonight. The Christmas Cracker of a concert is at the Salvation Army Hall.

The Salvation Army expects to give out 600 food parcels this month and the concert is admission by food.

Visit www.lep.co.uk to watch a video from the event




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