Christmas magic in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 20:09 07 December 2012




Packed-out carol service followed by symbolic switch-on. Photo gallery.

The magic of Christmas shone like a beacon in Honiton tonight (Friday).

Children from four primary schools - Awliscombe, Littletown, Offwell and Upottery -joined the Rector, Reverend Sue Roberts, to lead Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s annual carol concert.

The parish church of St Paul was packed for the occasion, which featured music from enthusiastic members of Honiton Band.

The congregation was given a warm welcome by Miss Roberts and hymn sheets were handed out by Councillor Peter Corke and Mike Huxtable, a member of the chamber’s executive committee.

Out of the spotlight but very much in the driving seat for the evening’s events was chamber secretary Margaret Lewis.

Miss Roberts shared important aspects of the nativity story and readings were confidently given by children from Church of England Schools at Offwell and Awliscombe.

All the children entertained, to the accompaniment of a guitar, singing See Amid the Winter Snow - the rector’s favourite carol - and Gloria Gloria.

Following the service, town crier Dave Retter led the countdown to the symbolic switch-on of lights on the town’s Christmas tree - on the forecourt of the church.

The mayor, Councillor David Foster, used a remote control device to digitally light up the tree, provided through sponsorship from the developers of Cranbrook.

Crowds then made their way to the Mackarness Hall to browse stalls, meet Santa and enjoy refreshments.

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