Quayside carol service

PUBLISHED: 15:09 08 December 2011

Quayside Carols, an annual highlight of Exmouth's Christmas celebrations, takes place at the Marina on Sunday, December 18, and will raise funds for Christian Aid's work in some of the world's poorest countries.

Ian Dowell, chairman of Exmouth Quay Residents’ Association, which is organising the open-air concert with Christian Aid, said the starting time has been brought forward to 6pm to encourage families from around the town to participate.

“Last year we raised £625 and it was wonderful to hear music and laughter ring out across the water, with faces glowing in the light of candle lanterns, on what was a bitterly cold December night,” said Ian.

Martin John Nicholls will introduce the guest performers, who will include the Exmouth Shantymen and members of the saxophone section of Exmouth Town Band.

“Hearing a large crowd singing traditional carols at full voice lifts the spirits,” says Martin. “And to gather together, hear the Christmas story, raise the roof and raise money for those in desperate need is what Christmas is all about.”

Quay developer Eagle One has agreed to sponsor the event and Viv Ewings will open her Docks Cafe to serve tea, coffee and mince pies in aid of the charity.

The high-level walkway outside the chandlery will be used as a stage for the performers and local traders have contributed prizes for a raffle which will augment the official bucket collection. The concert will last about an hour.

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