Outdoor carol service with real donkeys proved a big hit in Denholm on Christmas Eve

An al fresco Christmas Eve carol service in Denholm proved a festive hit.

By Paul Kelly
Monday, 27th December 2021, 1:14 pm
Evie Woof, Martha and Anna Shanks with Reay May, all pupils at Denholm Primary School. (Photo: BILL McBURNIE)
Evie Woof, Martha and Anna Shanks with Reay May, all pupils at Denholm Primary School. (Photo: BILL McBURNIE)

Denholm Church normally stages a carol service on Christmas Eve.

But because of pandemic restrictions this year it was staged outside on the Green instead - with the added bonus of live donkeys.

The event proved a hit and could now be repeated every year.

Viki Edmondson, Aoife McFarlane, Rachael and Seren Macdougall, with donkeys, Blue and Smokey. (Photo: BILL McBURNIE)

Reverend Rachael Wilson said: “This was the first time we had done it. We normally have a family service in the church at four o’clock on Christmas Eve but because of Covid and restrictions with capacity in the church we thought it wasn’t a good idea so we thought we’d do something on the Green.

"It was all very spontaneous. We told the Christmas story in rhyme and gave people the chance to get into nativity costumes and we had the donkeys.

"It may now become an annual event because it was quite popular.”

The donkeys, called Smokey and Blue, attended courtesy of Viki Edmondson, from Cavers.

Viki Edmondson with Aoife McFarlane and donkeys Blue and Smokey. (Photo: BILL McBURNIE)

Rev Wilson added: “The donkeys very much like mince pies and we’re hoping Viki will bring them again on Good Friday.”

Gail, Jane and Daria Fisher. (Photo: BILL McBURNIE)
Chloe and Hadley Brooke. (Photo: BILL McBURNIE)