FESTIVE sounds will once again ring out at Sunderland Minster as the Echo’s carol service returns for a second year.
The historic city centre landmark will be the venue for the event to help readers celebrate the magic of Christmas.
A host of high-profile Wearsiders will conduct readings at the service, including Northeast Press managing director Stuart Birkett, Echo editor Rob Lawson, businessman Mick Thurlbeck, Sunderland mayor Norma Wright and council leader Paul Watson.
Paul Callaghan, chairman of One North East, and Echo women’s editor Linda Colling will also be taking part.
Mr Lawson said: “Last year’s service was a huge success. There was a tremendous turnout.
“The event gives everyone the chance to join in with the carols and experience some real Christmas cheer.”
The Sunderland Echo Christmas Carol Service will take place at 6.30pm on Monday, December 19.
“The response we’ve had from the public has been amazing,” said Mr Lawson. “We’ve been given a lot of support.
“Once again, the event is open to everybody and we hope to see as many people at Sunderland Minster as possible.”
Mulled wine will be served after the service.
Classic songs including Ding Dong Merrily on High, Away in a Manger and God Rest you Merry Gentlemen are part of the ceremony.
Little Donkey, penned by the Wearside-born songwriter Eric Boswell, will also feature.
Linda Colling said: “Come and join us. In the Christmas rush this is a lovely opportunity to stop for a short while and take time for a little Christmas reflection.
“It’s an informal service of friendly, festive cheer and free mulled wine served up at the end. All ages were there last year and we hope even more will be sharing this special time together. Looking forward to seeing you.”