Families gather for celebration of Christmas at Rowans Hospice carols and festive fair

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SCORES of families gathered for a celebration of Christmas and charity goodwill at Portsmouth Cathedral.

The community pulled together to support The Rowans Hospice for its annual carols and festive fair.

The Havant Pitch Pipers (151953-8)

The Havant Pitch Pipers (151953-8)

Visitors packed the historic setting to watch performances from talented singers and musicians.

Portsmouth City Band kicked off the evening and Mayville High School’s junior choir sang poignant renditions of A Spaceman Came Travelling and I Saw Three Ships.

Then members of Havant Pitch Pipers, including Rowans chief executive Ruth White, sang a compilation of carols while dressed in festive red tops.

The congregation sang carols and The Very Reverend David Brindley spoke about the meaning of Christmas and why the message is still relevant today.

The whole aim is to get people together singing carols, and have a fun evening.

Denise Fry, Rowans community fundraiser

And afterwards there was a chance to walk around some Christmas stalls in the cathedral, admire its huge Christmas tree and get in the festive spirit.

Proceeds from the occasion went to The Rowans as part of its on-going fundraising drive.

But the hospice says it was more than an opportunity for people to come along and donate.

Denise Fry, The Rowans community fundraiser, said: ‘The whole aim is to get people together singing carols, and have a fun evening.’

The Very Reverend David Brindley at The Rowans service  (151953-2)

The Very Reverend David Brindley at The Rowans service (151953-2)

Ian Young, chair of the trustees for the hospice, read an extract from the bible at the altar.

He said: ‘We have got a family in The Rowans. There’s a real family feeling about it and this is a gathering of The Rowans family.

‘We need to raise £5.3m a year to run the hospice.

‘We do that in lots of different ways, and this is a very good way of doing that.

Mayville High School pupils  (151953-5)

Mayville High School pupils (151953-5)

‘But this is more of a celebration.’

A member of the Pompey Pluckers (151953-11)

A member of the Pompey Pluckers (151953-11)

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