SUNDERLAND Minster was filled with song and candlelight as hundreds gathered for the Echo’s second annual carol service.
City dignitaries joined Wearsiders to celebrate the run-up to Christmas.
Echo editor Rob Lawson said: “I do think it’s important to take some time out, and I think a carol service is the perfect way to do that at Christmas when it’s so busy – just to relax and have a more peaceful time together.”
The Rev Martin Anderson led the service, with readings from Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson, Mayor of Sunderland Coun Norma Wright, One NorthEast chairman Paul Callaghan and Northeast Press managing director Stuart Birkett.
Mr Lawson and Echo women’s editor Linda Colling also gave readings, and lay chaplain Alice Venning gave an address.
Popular carols featured included Little Donkey, written by the Wearside-born Eric Boswell, as well as Ding Dong Merrily on High, Away in a Manger and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.
The Minster Choir performed the Sussex Carol for the congregation.
Mince pies and mulled wine were served after the service.