Cromer’s parish church was filled with light as hundreds of people came together to enjoy a Christingle service.

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Among the 811-strong congregation who packed into the church on Christmas Eve was hundreds of youngsters, scores of whom dressed up as a nativity characters including sheep, shepherds, kings and angels.

The Christmas story was laid out in a huge nativity scene, with two-week-old Cole Thraxton-Barlow taking the part of the baby Jesus, before youngsters gathered their Christingle candles, and stood in a circle to sing the first verse of Away In A Manger.

Vicar of Cromer David Court said he was “amazed” by the number of people who came out for the service.

He added: “Last year we thought we’d peaked with about 650, so this was just totally beyond what we expected. It was absolutely wonderful.”

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