Festive spirit and joy felt by hundreds at the Horndean carol service

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Despite the cold weather hundreds of Horndean residents came along to the annual carol service last night.

Held in Horndean Square, near the Red Lion pub, around 600 people packed the outdoor venue for the concert.

Music was provided by the Blendworth Brass Band and carols were sung by pupils from Horndean Technology College.

And crowds also heard readings from St Edmunds RC Church, Waterlooville, Horndean Methodist Church, Horndean Parish Council, Holy Trinity Church, Blendworth and the Horndean Baptist Church.

Opening and closing prayers were delivered by All Saints Church, Catherington.

The event was organised by Horndean Parish Council and chairman Councillor Deborah Taylor said: 'This is always a popular night.

'These carols are about community spirit and people enjoy coming along to listen to the band, sing carols and to talk to people they may not have seen for a while.'

Money was also collected, which will be donated to the Queen Elizabeth Parks Twinning Project.