Bells to be Rungen, Carols to be Sungen and Lanterns to be Swungen as Old Glossop gears up for Christmas

Community groups in Old Glossop are planning a grand start to the Christmas Season with Victorian festivities taking place in the streets of this historic village. Local craftspeople and businesses will be selling unique and original gifts whilst entertainers provide music and dancing amongst the stalls.

Old Cross in Holly Wreath

Old Cross in Holly Wreath

“The atmosphere of Old Glossop village brings feelings of nostalgia for a by-gone age, so what better place to host a Victorian Christmas event” said Paul Bohan of High Peak Nightstop, one of the organisers.

Running from 2-6pm on Sunday 7th December, expect to hear Glossop Christmas stories, live music and bell ringing, smell roast chestnuts, taste mulled wine and seasonal treats and see a candlelit tree, a crib and traditional dancing.

The ringing of bells at around 3.30pm will be followed by a lantern parade and carol service whilst the tree is decorated by local school children.

Councillor Garry Parvin said “Holding a community event around the Old Cross is really special, it’s been the centre of village life for centuries. We’re delighted so many groups are working together on the Christmas Festivities.”

Entry to the event is free but there will be the opportunity to donate to help cover the costs. Any profits will be split between the foodbank to support local people in crisis over Christmas and Old Glossop Residents Association.

As the Victorian Festivities finish, there will be a theatre production of ‘All is Calm’ at 6pm in Old Glossop Church. The play is a re-imagining of what might have happened in the events leading up to the extraordinary football match and spontaneous carol singing that happened on Christmas Day in the First World War trenches. Tickets are available from Bay Tree Books, Fieldings Jewellers and Wains.

Musicians, performers and entertainers who would be willing to take part in the event are asked to email paul.highpeakfoodbank@gmail.com or ring Paul Bohan on 01298 73313.

More information: Paul Bohan 01298 73313, paul.highpeakfoodbank@gmail.com

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