When Songs of Praise sent Christmas carols echoing through Thursford

The congregation belts them out for the BBC's Songs of Praise.

The congregation belts them out for the BBC's Songs of Praise. - Credit: Archant

Thursford's Christmas Spectacular is one of Norfolk's Christmas highlight - but can you remember when the BBC's Songs of Praise sent carols echoing through the steam museum?

On November 27, 1991, the cameras rolled in and Archant community content curator, Kate Wolstenholme, has been hunting through the archives to find the Eastern Daily Press's pictures from that day. 


BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991.

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991. - Credit: Archant

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991.

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991. - Credit: Archant

Millions of TV viewers had their eyes on the Norfolk on Christmas Eve, when the episode was broadcast across the nation, with more than 1,000 people singing away inside the museum.

On stage a cast of more than 100 dancers, musicians and singers put on a number of performances, while singer and TV presenter Aled Jones was an audience favourite, even if he did fluff his lines on the autocue.

The congregation belts them out for the BBC's Songs of Praise.

The congregation belts them out for the BBC's Songs of Praise. - Credit: Archant

The congregation belts them out for the BBC's Songs of Praise.

The congregation belts them out for the BBC's Songs of Praise. - Credit: Archant

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991.

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991. - Credit: Archant

The congregation belts them out for the BBC's Songs of Praise.

The congregation belts them out for the BBC's Songs of Praise. - Credit: Archant

The congregation belts them out for the BBC's Songs of Praise.

The congregation belts them out for the BBC's Songs of Praise. - Credit: Archant

The congregation belts them out for the BBC's Songs of Praise.

The congregation belts them out for the BBC's Songs of Praise. - Credit: Archant

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991.

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991. - Credit: Archant

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991.

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991. - Credit: Archant

We've also found some classic photos of another carol service held at the steam museum a month later in December 1991, with colourful costumes and singers livening up the traditional service.

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991.

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991. - Credit: Archant

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991.

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991. - Credit: Archant

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991.

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991. - Credit: Archant

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991.

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991. - Credit: Archant

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991.

BBC's Songs of Praise comes to Thursford in 1991. - Credit: Archant


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