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An extract from the Salford Diocese website:
The town of Denton, 6 miles to the east of Manchester, is world-famous for its hats. Small wonder then, that the annual Christmas Concert in the parish church of St Mary in the centre of town featured some remarkable headgear. Advent-wreath hats, candle-hats, flat caps and even a night cap featured in the medley of sketches and carols put on by local schools.
Over 700 people crowded into the church to watch pupils from St Mary’s Primary School, St John Fisher Primary School, St Anne’s Primary School and St Thomas More RC College perform four different sketches on the Advent theme, on the evening of 19th December.
The meaning of the Advent wreath, a sketch on family life in Advent, a series of French ditties and dialogues and the world’s fastest-ever performance of Scrooge, combined with the lusty singing of traditional carols, made for a wonderful evening of prayer, enjoyment and praise.
Parishioners and pupils from St Thomas More served mulled wine and mince pies as guests filed in to the venue.
Fr John Flynn, Administrator of St Mary and St John Fisher, said, “we knew we were in for a treat when children from the schools were putting in hours of practice in the week leading up to the event. A hearty congratulations to all involved. I am sure that the event has helped prepare hearts and minds for the celebration of Christmas in a few days’ time. All are welcome to our Christmas Masses at 5.30pm, Midnight and 10.45am at St Mary’s, and at 7.30pm and 9.30am at St John Fisher”