Community comes together in their hundreds to celebrate Christmas 

24th December 2018
photos: Rev Matthew Price

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More than 350 people gathered on Magdalen Square in Gorleston on the afternoon of Saturday 22nd December for the inaugural ‘Christmas on the Mag’ event

ST MARY MAG 12-2018DThe event, which was hosted by St Mary Magdalene Church, attracted all ages who came together to enjoy the activities.  There were large queues to have a photograph taken in the giant snow globe, the floodlit football cage was busy all afternoon, and joining in with the Christmas crafts was also a hit with many
At 4pm, as darkness fell, the community gathered around the flood lit stage to sing the Mag’s top five carols, as decided by a poll conducted in the run up to the event.  The carol singing was led by the choirs of Peterhouse Church of England Primary Academy and Ormiston Herman Academy and accompanied by an ensemble from Great Yarmouth Brass, with the favourite carol being revealed as Silent Night.  The Peterhouse and Herman choirs also performed two pieces, performing together as a combined choir for the first time for many years
Rev Matthew Price, minister of St Mary Magdalene Church, who led the organizing team for Christmas on the Mag, said “it was wonderful to see the community come together in the run up to Christmas.  We wanted to provide a fun, community-centred event for all ages and stages and as I looked out from the stage during the carol singing it was brilliant to see all sections of our community represented.  We’re now beginning to think about what next?!”

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Local resident, Patsy Buzec, writing on Facebook after the event, said “[It] was a magical couple of hours and so nice to spend some time with family and friends at this wonderful Christmas gathering. Well done to all involved”

Rev Price also expressed his thanks to the large team of volunteers who came together from the local community, the two primary schools, East Coast College, MESH, and the two churches on the estate to make the event possible.  He said “an event like this takes a lot of work from a lot of people to make it happen and it was another sign of our community coming together that so many were willing to get involved and help out.  We also received support from a number of local businesses for which we were grateful”

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