Busy weekend of carols at St Albans Abbey

THERE will be six carol services in just one day at St Albans Abbey next weekend.

Carols on the Hour, now in its third year, attracts thousands of families, shoppers and visitors to the city on the last shopping Saturday before Christmas. The event on Saturday, December 18, will see six carol services lasting just 30 minutes run on the hour between 11am and 4pm.

It provides just enough time to sing uplifting carols with the choirs and to get a taste of Christmas in one of the UK’s oldest cathedrals.

Canon Stephen Lake, sub dean at the Abbey, said: “This is for everyone. We hope to be as crowded as the stable in Bethlehem! Come along to make your Christmas special again.”

The unique sight of the Knitivity – a hand-knitted nativity scene of metre-high figures – will also be on display. It has been made by just one woman, Ann Hudson, who has clocked up well over 300 hours of knitting time in doing so and has just revealed her new characters for this Christmas – an angel and a donkey (see Your Views on page 10 for photos).

Carols on the Hour is free and no tickets are required – just turn up on the hour any time between 11am and 4pm. After the services, guests can also enjoy a range of festive refreshments in the Abbey caf�.