Christmas carols part of anti-cuts campaign

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A group of campaigners protesting against public cuts are to hold a carol service.

The carol singers will gather at the fountain on Commercial Road tomorrow, from 6pm to 8pm.

Some will be dressed in Charles Dickens-era clothes.

It is being organised by Portsmouth Against the Cuts Together,

Convenor Jon Woods said the old-style garb will make the point that the government 'is trying to return us to Victorian conditions.'

He said: 'Tiny Tim's nursery (in Buckland) is to be closed because of funding cuts.

'We thought this would be a good opportunity to raise awareness about the cuts.

'It's light-hearted but it's making a serious point.'

Costumes will be available to borrow from the offices of the Unison union office, under the archway in Guildhall Square from 5pm on the day.

At least 20 are expected, including an accordion player.

The carols are available at For more information call Mr Woods on 07921 775828.