Photo gallery: Colourful and diverse Holt crib festival

Crib Festival at Holt Community Centre. Organiser Gillian Pilgrim pictured with one of the displays.

Crib Festival at Holt Community Centre. Organiser Gillian Pilgrim pictured with one of the displays.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Nativity cribs of all shapes and sizes from around the world are currently on show in a community hub.

The crib festival at Holt Community Centre, on Kerridge Way, includes about 130 displays from countries including Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Poland and Austria.

Displays, donated from people in Holt and across Norfolk, range from figures the size of a thimble to characters from the Nativity made of stone and hessian.

Organiser Gillian Pilgrim, 70, from Neil Avenue Holt, said: 'I'm just amazed at the diversity of all the materials here. There are simple little wooden figures to complex ones.'

The festival is in aid of Friends of Kelling Hospital and the community centre funds and is running between 10am-4pm tomorrow and Sunday.


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Mrs Pilgrim has a collection of about 20 different cribs, including ones from Cusco in Peru, and started buying them about 40 years ago.

She organised a similar festival, with less cribs, two years ago, which included about 80 displays.

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The idea came from a similar event at Ranworth church in Norfolk put on by radio presenter and journalist Libby Purves.

'I was trying to do things for the community centre and raise money and thought it would be a good idea,' Mrs Pilgrim said.

She added there were more shops abroad which sold cribs and characters from the Nativity scene.

'People like to get cribs out at Christmas. It is good to spread the Christmas message.

'I like the way they are made - some of them are complex. I like the arts and crafts. You don't have to be religious to have a crib,' Mrs Pilgrim said.

Displays included small figures on a wooden cross from New Zealand, a colourful one from Cusco which opens up and one made from pottery from the Little Sisters of Jesus in Walsingham.

Another crib from St Andrew's Church in Holt which featured an elephant.

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