THE final preparations are under way for the Echo’s popular carol concert next week.
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 NorthEast, and Echo women’s editor Linda Colling will also be taking part.
“Do come and join us and take time out from the Christmas rush for a friendly get-together,” said Linda.
“We saw people of all ages at the event last year and we’re hoping for a really good turnout this time round to share the real meaning of Christmas.”
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.
Mulled wine will be served after the service.
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.”
The Sunderland Echo Christmas Carol Service will take place at Sunderland Minster on Monday at 6.30pm.