Pony takes on star role in nativity in Fressingfield

The nativity event in Fressingfield

The nativity event in Fressingfield - Credit: Archant

An inaugural Walking Nativity in Fressingfield, near Diss, has been heralded as a success, with about 200 people taking part.

The event on Sunday saw a procession through the village, with carols and a re-enactment of the Christmas story. At the Swan Inn, Joseph was told there was no room, so the procession headed to the stable where the 'donkey' – a pony wearing donkey ears – carrying Mary joined some sheep.

After the journey was completed, the Royal British Legion organised the lighting of the village Christmas tree, and Father Christmas handed out sweets to the children.

'I thought it would be good to do something different this year,' said the Rev Susan Loxton.

'As well as the parish church, we have a Methodist church and a Baptist chapel, so I approached them and they were happy to take part, too.'