Residents invited to traditional Civic Carol Service

Residents are invited to join the Mayor and Mayoress at Barnsley's annual Civic Carol service on Thursday 20 December at St Mary's Parish Church - an afternoon of traditional carolsĀ guaranteed to get residents and families across the borough into the true spirit of Christmas.

The traditional carol service starts at 4pm and will be led by St Mary's Priest in Charge - Revd Canon Stephen Race, accompanied by the Mayor's Chaplain, Father Brian Bell. Guests are in for a real festive treat as they receive a roof-raising performance from Barnsley's Civic Choir - a group of choristers from across the borough coming together especially for the service. They will be performing a set of traditional Christmas carols directed by musical director John Higgins.

The service will also be accompanied by the Barnsley Metropolitan Band who'll be performing a festive solo piece, led by their musical director, Alex Francis, as well as accompanying some of the traditional carols that guests will have the opportunity to sing.

The Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Steve Green, said: "We're really looking forward to holding our traditional Civic Carol service again this year and feel really honoured to be part of it. It's a lovely opportunity to bring our residents and local families together under one roof and then raise it with some traditional festive carols. We hope to see the church packed with families coming together to take a break from shopping and wrapping presents to reflect and celebrate before the big day itself. I'd also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very healthy, happy Christmas and a very happy 2019."

Everyone's welcome to attend the service. For more information, call the Mayor's office on 01226 773804.

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