Echo carol service returns to city

Last year's Sunderland Echo Christmas Carol service held at Sunderland Minster.

Last year's Sunderland Echo Christmas Carol service held at Sunderland Minster.

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WEARSIDERS are being urged to celebrate the magic of Christmas at the Echo’s carol service.

Sunderland Minster will once again be the venue for the popular event, now in its second year.

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: “The event gives everyone the chance to join in with the carols and experience some real Christmas cheer. 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 Ye Merry Gentlemen are part of the ceremony.

Little Donkey, penned by the Wearside-born songwriter Eric Boswell, will also feature.

The Sunderland Echo Christmas Carol Service will take place at Sunderland Minster on Monday, December 19, at 6.30pm.