BBC Radio Nottingham hosts Christmas carol service

BBC Radio Nottingham's Carol Service
Image caption The service can be enjoyed again on Christmas Eve and Day on BBC Radio Nottingham

More than 400 people attended St John's Church in Mansfield to enjoy BBC Radio Nottingham's Carol Service.

The service reflected the Olympics, Paralympics, and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and it looked at the county's place in the national celebrations.

It was hosted by Sunday Breakfast presenter Sarah Julian with readings by BBC Radio's Andy Whittaker, John Holmes and sports commentator Colin Fray.

The event was sold out and is to be broadcast over Christmas.

Mansfield swimmer Charlotte Henshaw, who won a silver medal at the Paralympics, and Darrell Hynd, the father of two Paralympian swimmers Sam and Ollie, read the Christmas story.

Ben Rudy, who met the Duchess of Cambridge on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee tour to Vernon Park, in Basford, read a poem he had written about Christmas.

Nottinghamshire's Lord Lieutenant Sir John Peace, the Queen's representative in the county, also did a reading.

The music included performances from the Thoresby Colliery Band, Bestwood Male Voice Choir, pupils from The Brunts Academy in Mansfield and the musical group from the host church.

The concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio Nottingham on Christmas Eve at 18:00 GMT and on Christmas Day at noon and you can see more pictures from the service on BBC Radio Nottingham's Facebook page

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