Candlelit carols in resort's hidden gem

THE Sacred Heart Singers will be bringing Christmas to life tomorrow from 7pm with their annual Christmas Carols By Candle Light concert at The Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Talbot Road in Blackpool.

The popular celebration is one of the busiest nights in Blackpool's Sacred Heart Church's advent calendar and is supported and enjoyed by an enthusiastic gathering of loyal parishioners, local residents and visitors alike.

Jackie Scott, choir mistress and lead organist at the church has been busy practising and rehearsing with the singers for the special evening:

"The Christmas Carols By Candle Light evening is one of the most popular events in the parish and with our easily accessible town centre location the church attracts a lot of visitors and local residents as well as our regular parishioners," she said.

"Every year we see the attendance growing and people really do enjoy the peaceful and harmonious atmosphere as well as a great opportunity to stretch their lungs and join in and sing along. We have been very busy practising all year and every night for the past week.

"We will be performing a beautiful selection of traditional and classic Christmas Carols accompanied by superb live music including flutes, violins and of course the magnificent grand church organ."

The repertoire includes favourites such as O Little Town of Bethlehem, Once In Royal David's City, O Holy Night, Silent Night, Away In A Manger and many more festive classics.

"People really love to sing along and take a moment out of their hectic shopping schedules to relax and lift their spirits," said Jackie. "Many people come and talk to us afterwards to say what a peaceful and refreshing experience the carol singing is."

Parish priest, Canon Robert Dewhurst is looking forward to welcoming the resort's Christmas Carol enthusiasts.

He said: "We are very proud and privileged to have such a wonderful group of dedicated singers and talented musicians who kindly give up their time to perform. It is loved and enjoyed by all who attend. Blackpool is blessed to have such a magnificent church in its centre – a hidden gem or architectural beauty – which has a long history of being a sanctuary of peace and holiness in the resort."

Mince pies and mulled wine will be served after the carols and all are welcome.