Mundesley pageant re-tells Christmas story

The timeless tale of the nativity was told in seaside streets - with a modern village twist.

Mary, riding a donkey, and Joseph needed somewhere to stay the night, but found themselves turned away from the hair salon, Spar shop and a busy hotel as Mundesley became Bethlehem.

But just past a club where musical duo Glam X were rocking the members they found shelter in a stable, or rather a gazebo in the church car park.

The charming retelling of the Christmas story saw 60 local people, some am dram actors but most just enthusiastic villagers, taking roles ranging from Roman soldiers and shepherds to wise men on horseback.

Crowds of people turned out to watch and follow the story as it wound, behind a guiding star, through the streets from the bowls club, stopping at locations including the village centre outside the burger and chip shops, for narrations and carols.

Its conclusion at the clifftop church even had a flurry of festive snow, before the pageant headed to the warmth of the pews, a final carol, and mince pies.

Inside the church there was even a role for a real life baby four-week-old Zak Iliffe who took over from the plastic doll Jesus taken around the wintry streets.

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Organiser Jo Berry originally staged the event in 1995 using an idea from her father, who was a vicar, at a time when she was running the church choir and a youth drama group meaning she had 'an instant cast.'

It was revived last year and she praised the village for rallying round to provide costumes, animals, props and cast members for the event which raised funds for the village youth project and Christmas hampers for those in need.