This was a carol service with a difference. It called itself “A nativity play for grown-ups” and it was. It was led by the Ledbury Community choir led by Philip Holland. A new script had been written telling the story of the nativity and it was acted out under the direction of Sue Millington-Jones. The script was hard hitting, not shying away from the practical difficulties there must have been at the time. Christmas has, since Victorian times, been somewhat sanitised and this production moved away from that tradition back to the Mummers of yore (though sadly no scripts survive).
The town of Ledbury came together to produce this event. St. Michael’s was full and, yes, we sang some hearty carols too.
Traditional refreshments were very welcome afterwards.