Carols replace football songs as Fratton Park fills with festive cheer

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FRATTON Park was alive with singing – but this time football chants were replaced with Christmas carols.

Last night scores of people went along to the free carol concert, which was organised by Faith and Football.

114023-06_MY_Fratton_Carols'L-R, Linvoy Primus , Freddie Harper, Jeannette Hayward and husband Steve at Faith in Football Carol Concert at Fratton Park.'Pic Mick Young'19/12/11

114023-06_MY_Fratton_Carols'L-R, Linvoy Primus , Freddie Harper, Jeannette Hayward and husband Steve at Faith in Football Carol Concert at Fratton Park.'Pic Mick Young'19/12/11

Charity co-founder and Pompey legend Linvoy Primus said: ‘We’ve had a really good turnout and each year it’s getting bigger, with more people joining in.’

Before the singing kicked off, a welcome reception was held at the club’s Victory Lounge.

Free mince pies and mulled wine was on offer in the suite.

The concert was held at the Fratton end of the stadium.

114023-09_MY_Fratton_Carols'Fans fill the stand atthe  Faith in Football Carol Concert at Fratton Park.'Pic Mick Young'19/12/11

114023-09_MY_Fratton_Carols'Fans fill the stand atthe Faith in Football Carol Concert at Fratton Park.'Pic Mick Young'19/12/11

The Salvation Army Portsmouth Citadel Band opened the night with O Come All Ye Faithful.

This was followed by readings and performances from various schools.

Jayne Doe, 35, had come along with sons Corey, nine, and Kallum, seven, who both go to Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, Gladys Avenue, North End.

They performed We Three Kings Of Orient Are.

Jayne said: ‘The boys had been practising on the way and were very excited.

‘It was a really good night.’

And Paula Jeffrey-Powell, 37, of Stock Heath Road, Leigh Park, said: ‘The atmosphere has been great and it really brings everyone together.’