Ding dong merrily at city’s Minster

Sunderland Echo Carol service at Sunderland Minster.
Sunderland Echo Carol service at Sunderland Minster.
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THERE are only two days to go until the Minster will ring with the voices of Echo readers.

Each year we team up with the Sunderland landmark to host a free Christmas carol service.

The Reverend Martin Anderson says it is a highlight of the calendar.

“It gives us great pleasure at this time of year to welcome hundreds of people from across the city to a range of different carol services.”

He added: “The last few years we have teamed up with the Echo to host a service, and it has been a great way to bring key figures who are passionate about the city together.

“It’s also a chance for the public to take stock of the season and celebrate the meaning of Christmas.”

Staff at the Minster work flat out at this time of year as the church hosts a range of services for everyone from special schools to the university.

Tonight it will also play host to a Split Christmas concert featuring band, Little Comets.

Now in its third year, Monday’s Echo service will see a host of Wearsiders conduct readings, including Northeast Press managing director Stuart Birkett, Echo acting editor Richard Ord and Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson.

The university’s vice-chancellor and chief executive, Professor Peter Fidler, and city council chief executive Dave Smith will also take part.

The event will also feature a Mackem Nativity play, penned by playwright Ed Waugh, and will be attended by the Mayor and Mayoress. Ding Dong Merrily on High, O Little Town of Bethlehem and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen are among the carols to be performed.

The event starts at 6.30pm and will run until 7.30pm.

Everyone is asked to be seated by 6.15pm.

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