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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The traditional story of Christmas was retold in a Norfolk seaside village - complete with sheep, donkeys and llamas.
The marvellous menagerie took to the streets of Mundesley for the village’s annual Christmas Eve pageant.
A cast of up to 35 Mundesley residents re-enacted the story of the birth of Jesus set against a backdrop of village streets.
The performers, who included seven-week-old Freddie Carlton-Paterson in his debut role as baby Jesus, were be accompanied by trained sheep as well as donkeys and llamas from Scratby.
Organiser Jo Berry said: “The point of doing the pageant is to remind people of the real reason we celebrate Christmas. We had 600 people turn up last year. I think they like the fact that they can be included but it is not inside a church.
“It is a great walk for the children in the evening. They love the fact that the story they have been taught at school is being brought to life. They also love that there is a real baby and animals to stroke. It also tires them out so they can go to bed on Christmas Eve and Father Christmas can go about his work in peace.”
The pageant started at the bowls club car park, opposite the Mundesley Free Church at 6.15 pm and lasted for an hour. A narrator told the story of Jesus’ birth as the characters wound their way, led by a star, via village shops and inns to the Parish Church of All Saints, where there was a stable in the car park.
The procession moved into the church for the final part of the Christmas story, before mulled wine, mince pies and biscuits were served.