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Festive concert gives time to reflect

PUBLISHED: 12:19 15 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

HUNDREDS of people turned out in force for the Evening Star Carol Concert, held at St Margaret's Church in Ipswich.

The traditional service gave people a chance to reflect together on the true meaning of Christmas with readings taken from the Bible combined with all their favourite carols.

HUNDREDS of people turned out in force for the Evening Star Carol Concert, held at St Margaret's Church in Ipswich.

The traditional service gave people a chance to reflect together on the true meaning of Christmas with readings taken from the Bible combined with all their favourite carols.

The church choir started with a rendition of Once in Royal David's City which led in the rest of the congregation.

With the crowd of more than 350 in fine festive voice, Evening Star editor Nigel Pickover read from Isiah.

He was followed by Carolyne Morey, project manager of the Disability Care Enterprise, Mark Riley, manager of Croydons, Bob Wales, managing director of Tolly Cobbold and Don Edwards, deputy mayor of Ipswich.

All the money raised from ticket sales and a collection will go towards the Evening Star's Christmas Appeal.

The Evening Star's Ben Collins, who organised the service, said that hopes were high of raising a substantial amount for the appeal to boost the Vicky Hall memorial pavilion fund.

He said: "The carol service has been the best yet – tickets literally went like gold dust. Early signs are good and hopefully we have raised at least £500 for the appeal."

Last night's service featured the carols The Holly and The Ivy, While Shepherds Watched and Unto Us A Boy Is Born.

A Christmas message was read out by The Reverend Canon David Cutts.

As the congregation left the church, they were given complimentary mince pies, which were donated by Asda superstore.


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