Mayor's concert raises cash

TRADITIONAL carols for Christmas raised around �350 for Grove House yesterday afternoon (Wednesday). The Mayor of St Albans, Cllr Chris Oxley, organised the event which attracted around 200 people outside the Alban Arena. St Albans City brass band and the

TRADITIONAL carols for Christmas raised around �350 for Grove House yesterday afternoon (Wednesday).

The Mayor of St Albans, Cllr Chris Oxley, organised the event which attracted around 200 people outside the Alban Arena.

St Albans City brass band and the St Albans Choral Society (SACS) were among those entertaining the crowds.

Councillor Oxley said: "There will be fundraising for Grove House this evening and most of you will know what a wonderful charity this is.

"It is not only for those who are suffering themselves but the charity also gives support to their families."

The Bishop of St Albans the Rt Rev Alan Smith and the Dean, Jeffrey John, also attended to offer up prayers and a blessing.

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l St Albans Choral Society was also out carolling for commuters at St Albans City Station on Thursday night and raised �450 for Grove House.

A spokesperson for SACS said: "Not bad for 90 minutes singing. It was our conductor George Vass's idea as we have sung at pubs before but this was much more of a money-spinner.