Well over 450 people attended the fourth annual Fellside Churches’ Charity Carol Concert on Sunday evening at Barton Grange Garden Centre.
The singing was led by the ever popular June Baker Singers who interspersed the traditional community carols with some of their own seasonal numbers.
Baritone Les Mellor sang Rutter’s Mary’s Boy Child; readings were by Maxine Pratt Child in the Hay and David Maddocks Where Were The Angels?
The Bishop of Lancaster, the Rt Rev Geoffrey Pearson, spoke briefly on the theme of Advent and its relevance at the start of the Christian New Year.
Carolyn Johnson, who leads the concert team, thanked everyone for their support and especially Guy Topping, father Eddie and the family for so generously providing the venue and delicious post-concert mince pies and mulled wine.
Guy, in turn, welcomed everyone and thanked his staff who worked hard to prepare the venue after a hard day’s work on their busiest day of the year. This year two charities will share the proceeds. Cancer Help at Vine House and Preston Panthers Sports Group for Children with Disabilities. Margaret O’Donoghue and Marilyn Gregson represented the two respectively. With Marilyn was Issac Towers, potential para-Olympian with an eye on 2016.
Carolyn said: “We created this concert four years ago as a one-off. It was such a success we decided to make it an annual event and it grows bigger every year. The venue is wonderful, the seasonal decorations especially add to the atmosphere. A big thank-you to Guy Topping, family and staff for their generosity. We’re still counting but expect to be able to give the two charities their half share of over £3,000.”