All crea­tures great and small in­vited to carol ser­vice

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ALL crea­tures great and small are in­vited to get into the fes­tive spirit with the an­nual Horse­man’s Carol Ser­vice.

Each year rid­ers and their steeds, fam­i­lies and their pets gather at the Frie­z­land Arena for a spe­cial ser­vice.

Many of the an­i­mals are dressed up for the oc­ca­sion and gives own­ers the chance to share the cel­e­bra­tions with their furry friends.

This year’s carol ser­vice is set to take place this Satur­day, weather per­mit­ting.

One of the or­gan­is­ers Minda Wigley, of the Frie- zland User Group, said: “The Horse­man’s Carol Ser­vice has been tak­ing place for over a decade.

“It’s very un­usual and some­thing that peo­ple can at­tend with their favourite an­i­mals.

“Peo­ple are so close to their horses and dogs as they’re with them ev­ery day so to be able to bring them for a bless­ing is some­thing very spe­cial.

“It’s the per­fect way to have your pets in­volved in the fes­tiv­i­ties.

“Peo­ple go to so much trou­ble to dress up their horses and dogs and to see ev­ery­one to­gether re­ally does bring a lump to your throat.”

Peo­ple are asked to gather at the arena, on Manch­ester Road, Green­field, at 11am for an 11.30am start.

The ser­vice will be led by Fa­ther Christo­pher Hal­l­i­day of Frie­z­land Church.

The car­ols will be ac­com­pa­nied by cho­ris­ters from the church led by choir master Charles White­head.

There will be minced pies, mulled wine and car­rots for the horses af­ter­wards.

Ad­mis­sion is £2 on the day with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the up­keep of the arena.

●● A horse at last year’s carol ser­vice

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