Fes­tive mar­ket in new lo­ca­tion

Solihull News - - FAITH MATTERS -

BIRM­ING­HAM’S Christ­mas mar­ket got off to a fes­tive start in a new lo­ca­tion last week as it opened in the grounds of Birm­ing­ham Cathe­dral.

Scores of kiosks have been put up in the ceme­tery this year as Cen­te­nary Square is be­ing re­de­vel­oped.

Mean­while, the tra­di­tional Ger­man mar­ket also kicked off in Vic­to­ria Square and New Street as the city turned on its Christ­mas lights.

The all- im­po­rant but­ton was pressed by 12- year- old Louis John­son, Birm­ing­ham Chil­dren Hos­pi­tal’s Fundraiser of the Year. He is best friends with five- year- old Ben Collins, who has ter­mi­nal bone can­cer.

Birm­ing­ham Cathe­dral’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Anna Pitt said: “I am de­lighted that the Christ­mas Mar­ket adds an ad­di­tional di­men­sion to the cathe­dral’s cel­e­bra­tion of Ad­vent and Christ­mas this year.

“The mar­ket this year of­fers us an op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with many more of our neigh­bours.”

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