Fes­tive plan

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Easter may only just be passed but peo­ple in Cross­michael are al­ready mak­ing plans for Christ­mas.

And Jenny the baby don­key has clinched the lead role in a mu­si­cal ex­trav­a­ganza be­ing held in the vil­lage dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod.

Jenny will be Mary and Joseph’s don­key in an orig­i­nal performanc­e of the Liv­ing Na­tiv­ity that will also in­volve ac­tors, singers, choirs, tech­ni­cians, sheep and al­pacas.

Or­gan­iser Ahr­lene Fuller said: “The event is very am­bi­tious, very cre­ative and never be­fore done in Scot­land as far as we are aware.

“Amer­ica is very keen on live na­tiv­i­ties but I strug­gled to find per­for­mances in this coun­try and last Christ­mas had to go down to Con­gle­ton in England to watch one in ac­tion. The en­tire vil­lage of Ast­bury turned out and they also came from far and wide be­cause it is such a unique and such a charm­ing fes­tive event.”

The performanc­e will start at Cross­michael Pri­mary where choirs will sing and Mary and Joseph will set off on Jenny to Beth­le­hem as part of the cen­sus an­nounced by the Ro­man sol­diers.

The au­di­ence will then fol­low them through the vil­lage as they make their way to the sta­ble via the shep­herds in the field, stop off to visit the wise men on their jour­ney and pop into the lo­cal inn where they will be sent to the sta­ble at the edge of the vil­lage and where the baby Je­sus will be born and all the choirs will come to­gether to sing.

Or­gan­i­sa­tion is in the early stages and sev­eral groups are al­ready on board in­clud­ing the pri­mary school, community coun­cil, her­itage group and the po­lice.

Ahr­lene added: “We are still very keen for oth­ers to come and join us and we are look­ing for choirs, solo singers, ac­tors and back­room vol­un­teers to help with sound, lighting and building sets – in par­tic­u­lar a sta­ble – which can be flat packed and put away for the next year, so if any­one can help please get in touch.

“No ex­pe­ri­ence is needed as we will all be learn­ing as we go and we hope to in­volve all ages and groups in the community and be­yond. Tra­di­tion­ally these events are pro­moted and sponsored by the busi­ness community as it brings in lots of tourists look­ing for an ex­pe­ri­en­tial fes­tive break and I have ap­proached sev­eral tourist re­lated or­gan­i­sa­tion who are all keen to play some part in the event.”

Any per­son, singing group or choir who would like to take part in the liv­ing na­tiv­ity can contact Ahr­lene on 01556 670615 or 07818 364204.

New boat: The cadets at Kirkcud­bright Har­bour with Lieu­tenant Tom Plum­mer and Amanda Armstrong from the Holy­wood Trust

Show star Jenny the don­key with her owner Ben Hod­son and event or­gan­iser Ahr­lene Fuller

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