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On the 1st Day of Christmas (December 1st actually) the good citizens of Rutland took the opportunity to get into the Christmas mood in the beautiful Oakham parish church.

We were royally entertained with 7 Lessons and traditional Carols, to the accompaniment of the Foresters Brass 2000 Band and The Harborough Singers both of which enhanced a truly magic evening.

To say that the 7 Lessons told of the arrival of baby Jesus was a misnomer on this occasion. The audience was treated to an eclectic range of anecdotal stories and renderings by well-known East Midland personalities and their individual contributions had us rocking – quite literally – in the aisles with laughter.

The evening’s entertainment had, of course, a very serious overtone. The committee members of the Rutland branch of the NSPCC were hard at work – as always – raising funds to ensure that – to quote the charity’s corporate line ‘EVERY CHILDHOOD IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR’. The current media coverage relating to child abuse in sport and the domestic environment brought home to us all the seriousness of their work and objectives.

Congratulations to all involved; sponsors, personalities, advertisers, committees and helpers, all of whom banded together to ensure that Christmas 2016 got off to a cracking start and in the hope that all the evening’s objectives were not only achieved but exceeded!

Tim Clifton


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