Christmas carol concert tradition returns to Norwich venue

The Cathedral Choir sing carols in the Banking Hall of the Open, formerly the Gurney and Barclays Ba

The Cathedral Choir sing carols in the Banking Hall of the Open, formerly the Gurney and Barclays Banks. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

A festive tradition returned to a city venue as people enjoyed a lunchtime concert of carols and Christmas songs with Norwich Cathedral Choir.

The Cathedral Choir sing carols in the Banking Hall of the Open, formerly the Gurney and Barclays Ba

The Cathedral Choir sing carols in the Banking Hall of the Open, formerly the Gurney and Barclays Banks. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

When Barclays Bank was based in the Bank Plain building now housing OPEN Youth Trust, the bank held a community carol concert. OPEN and Norwich Cathedral Choir decided to revive that tradition and a special concert took place at OPEN this afternoon with support from Fosters Solicitors. The Lord Mayor, Brenda Arthur, and Sheriff of Norwich, Beryl Blower, were among those to attend.

Hayley Gerrard, from OPEN, said it was a fabulous start to the festive season. She said: 'It was great to see the Banking Hall filled with people from both the business and youth communities as well as members of the public, some of whom remember the community concert back in the days when the venue was Barclays Bank. We have already booked next year's event which will be on December 7 2016.

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