PICTURES: Christmas story told in streets of Mundesley

The story of Christmas switched from Bethlehem to Mundesley as a pageant re-enacted the festive tale in the village streets.

Mary, astride a donkey, and Joseph found 'no room at the inn' at a post office, cafe, corner shop and hotel before currying more favour with the Chinese restaurant who signposted them to a stable in the churchyard.

At the manger the new born baby Jesus - played by seven week baby Harrison Lee, who slept throughout - was visited by three wise men, leading loaned llamas due to a shortage of horses.

Pageant director Jo Berry said more than 500 people followed the action as it wove around the streets, which was up on last year, when there was cold weather and snow.

The action began at the village bowls club car park where Tracey Loftus as the angel Gabriel sang Prepare Ye The Way of the Lord from Godspell.

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The pageant stopped off for narration and carols at various locations including outside the chippy, before the event ended up in the parish church.

Mrs Berry said it was the third year in its current format. People had come from farther afield than just the village, and a new sound system and raised stage for the stable had improved things for the audience.

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Mary was played by Rebecca Wass, and Joseph by Ian Cashmore. Parish council chairman Christopher West was Herod and the three wise men were council member Bill Firmin, Crabline editor Philip Keddell and Christon Sharp, promoted from last year's role as a Roman soldier, and father of baby Jesus.

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