Barn nativity raises £3000 for cancer charity

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Howling wind and torrential rain did not deter performers or audience members for last month’s annual ‘Nativity in the Barn’ event at a local farm in aid of the CLIC Sargent charity.

Held on December 9 at Greenend Farm at Longnewton, near St Boswells, the production featured the junior choir from St Mary’s School in nearby Melrose, members of which formed the talented cast for the event.

The Christmas story was recounted by the ‘innkeeper and his wife’ and the main characters were supported by a 50-strong choir and were also joined by some younger friends dressed as angels and shepherds.

Four-legged friends who also took part included a donkey and her foal, Tinker the pony, several goats, piglets, collies and, of course, Willoughby the pug who was dressed as a sheep. Along with some traditional seasonal carols in which the audience participated, the choir also performed four beautiful festive numbers including Little Donkey, It was on a Starry Night, No Room at the Inn and The Gift.

The local branch of CLIC Sargent and its supporters decorated the barn beautifully and provided some very welcome refreshments following the performance with the evening being topped off with a much-anticipated visit from Father Christmas.

CLIC Sargent is a nationwide charity supporting children and young people with cancer. The local branch works tirelessly to raise funds for this very worthy cause.

Proceeds raised from the Nativity event will go towards the new CLIC villa in Edinburgh which provides a home-from-home for children and their families. As always, evenings such as this do not happen without the help of so many.

Organisers gave a big vote of thanks once again to Grant and Nesta Todd, from Greenend Farm; Marion Dodd, Dave Angus, Kirsty McRae, Snippet Innes and the local CLIC Sargent committee and all its friends and supporters.

Thanks to the generosity of so many people, organisers say they are hoping this year’s event will have raised more than £3000 for what is an extremely worthy cause.