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Stortford pair urge residents to get in festive mood with Christmas sing-along at Sworder's Field bandstand



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Residents are invited to bring sleigh bells and don Santa hats for a Christmas sing-along at the bandstand in Sworder's Field on Thursday (Dec 23).

What was initially planned by Stortford residents Angela Gatland and Gaynor Purton as a get-together among friends to get into the Christmas spirit has blossomed into a community charity event.

Gaynor, who works for local financial advisers Desire Wealth Management, and Angela, a midwife at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, will be taking over the bandstand from 5pm for the inaugural Rocking Around the Christmas Tree to raise money for the town's food bank at the Methodist Church and winter night shelter at Holy Trinity Church.

Rocking around the Christmas tree - in practice for the bandstand session (53696219)
Rocking around the Christmas tree - in practice for the bandstand session (53696219)

Backing music will be provided by local musicians including talented youngsters who recently performed at Bishop's Stortford Acoustic Club.

Everyone is invited to come along and sing Christmas favourites, and are encouraged to bring bells, cash and notes for the collection buckets and a torch. Warm dress is advised and Santa hats are encouraged.

Mark Sanders and his festive Ford Ranger pick-up 'Lightmobile', which is festooned with 6,000 lights, will be parked up by the splash pool between 4.30pm and 5pm before the singalong.

Mark Sanders' 'Christmas Lightmobile' outshining the Christmas tree in Market Square (53820259)
Mark Sanders' 'Christmas Lightmobile' outshining the Christmas tree in Market Square (53820259)


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