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Date:- 18 December 2006

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The Village Nativity Play
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A refreshing event, despite the present stifling climate of over zealous political correctness, took place on Saturday morning in Formby Village centre, when "Churches Together in Formby" held "The Village Nativity Play".

In an initial scene, children were preparing models for a Christmas Crib and from this a simple portrayal of the Christmas Story was cleverly evolved. Very young and much older members of Formby churches of various denominations took on the roles of the key figures of the Nativity, with the help of real animals; sheep, goats, a donkey and wise men on sturdy horses, all held the attention of the many spectators. Carols were sung throughout and on-going narrations were given. The actors progressed down Chapel Lane from Grant's upper window, from where the Angel Gabriel made his pronouncement to Mary, to the "inn" (Baybutts trailer) by Elbow Lane, where the Landlord sent all and sundry, including the three Kings, "Round the Back". The infant Jesus was portrayed by a real baby, who obviously took the role seriously and behaved impeccably.

Congratulations to all those who devised this event and to all those involved, to excellent actors and to all other supporters, from costume designers to animal managers. Congratulations also to the authorities who had the courage to allow this event to go ahead and to the police, marshals, first aiders and all others who helped make this happen.

This Play was a very simple, but effective message, apparently much appreciated by the crowds who lined the pavements to watch and sing carols.

After the event there was a Bethlehem Bazaar, where the cast stayed in character to talk to people. The animals were also on hand to be admired and petted. Father Christmas lent his support and there were free stalls with activities for children. All were well attended. Food was available, with other refreshments in the Holy Trinity Hall.

I do hope that this successful event will become another Formby Village tradition.

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