The Mayor of Cromer Cllr John Frosdick held a civic church service and Community carol concert on Sunday 3rd December 2017. Reverend Peter Herbert welcomed the congregation and opened with a carol, Once in Royal David’s City.
The afternoon event was well attended and Cromer Gospel Choir was in good voice with their rendition of Christmas Bells and Gloria.
The Right hon. Norman Lamb M.P. for North Norfolk read Isaiah 9:2,6-7 before O Little Town Of Bethlehem echoed sweetly around the church.
Town Clerk Julie Chance and Dr. Geoff Baker, head teacher at Cromer Academy Read Luke 2:1-20 followed by another carol, Silent Night.
Pupils from Cromer Academy contributed to the service. Emily Coles, Sophie Lewis and Anwyn Chapman sang their version of Hallelujah. The performance received applause from the delighted audience.
Nikola Badowska, head girl from the Academy, read Luke 1:26-38 and head boy, Conner Feherty read Micah 5:2-5a.
Bethan Phillip-Pritchard sang O Holy Night beautifully and demonstrated some powerful vocals.
Mr Frosdick read Matthew 2:1-12 and presented The clerk, Julie Chance and deputy clerk, Janet Warner with flowers for their hard work. Deacon, Shirley Hassel proceeded with prayers.
There was a surprise announcement by chair lady of twinning, Mary Hill, thanking long standing committee member, Tony Nash, for his outstanding contribution to the association, spanning over many years. Mr Nash was presented with a painting.
The Mayor thanked everyone who participated in the service, including, John Hodgkinson and the volunteers of the Church for the refreshments.
Acknowledgments were extended to Morrisons for donating the food, the ushers and churchwardens, Cromer P.C.C, Organist, David Shippey, the congregation and all the organizations who were present.
There was a retiring collection for R.N.L.I, Friends of Cromer Hospital and First Responders.