Crowds follow Sutton nativity play

Craven Herald: Participants make their way through the Sutton streets for the outdoor nativity Participants make their way through the Sutton streets for the outdoor nativity

An estimated 400 people followed Mary and Joseph through Sutton in an outdoor recreation of the Nativity story.

Now in its seventh year, the outdoor nativity crowd watched as the Christmas story unfolded, beginning with Mary and Joseph setting off from Nazareth – in reality, the Bay Horse car park.

The party stopped at the Black Bull and Kings Arms where the real-life landlords said there was no room at the inn.

Mary and Joseph met shepherds in Sutton Park, and found a haven for the newborn baby Jesus – in reality little Oliver Walker – in a park shelter.

The crowd sang carols accompanied by a brass ensemble.

Sutton vicar the Rev Canon Michael Cowgill said: “It’s an opportunity for the Church to present the Christmas story in a more unusual way, and invite people to join in.

“People really appreciate it.

“It means they think about the real meaning of Christmas. It’s a very good community event – lots of people who don’t go to church join in.”

The Nativity was organised by the Cross Hills and District Fellowship of Churches.

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