The festive season started in grand style in the Ribble Valley when the sell out Christmas concert at Christ Church in Chatburn launched the district Christmas Tree Festival officially opened by the Deputy Mayor of the Ribble Valley Coun. Richard Bennett cutting the tinsel.
Barbershop choir Wrong Direction and Elliot Brass Ensemble created a lively party atmosphere with some members of the audience playing percussion and a unique rendition of the 12 days of Christmas that involved people in each row of pews representing each of the days by standing in turn creating an effective Mexican wave throughout the church.
The warm spirit of the season was captured when all the church joined in popular carols amongst the forest of decorated and illuminated trees.
The Christmas Tree Festival continued to be well attended over the weekend and the activities amongst the trees, including craft stalls, home-made produce, chocolate tombola’s and refreshments, all sold out.
Further Christmas events at Christ Church, Chatburn, include a carol service at 11am on Sunday December 18th, and on Christmas Eve there will be a Christingle Service at 4-15pm and communion service at 11-30pm. A family service takes place at 10am on Christmas Day.
Deputy Mayor of the Ribble Valley Coun. Richard Bennett, second left, cuts the tinsel to officially open Chatburn Christmas Tree Festival. Rev. Andy Froud and the festival’s organisers Clive and Barbara Greenwood are also pictured.
Chatburn Christmas Tree Festival.
Elliot Brass at Chatburn Christmas Concert.