Joyful carol singing around Emsworth’s lobster pot Christmas tree

  • Emsworth’s enormous Christmas tree is made of lobster pots
  • Each one sponsored by a member of the public
  • Carol service held and singers given free lobster bisque
  • All money raised will go to the RNLI
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LOOKING out over the harbour in which volunteers risk their lives to save those in danger at sea, the Emsworth community gathered to sing and raise money for a vital charity.

The RNLI benefited from Saturday’s carol service around the unique lobster pot Christmas tree on the Mill Pond, Emsworth.

Musical director Denise Baugh leads the singing around the lobster tree in Emsworth 'Picture Ian Hargreaves  (151961-2)

Musical director Denise Baugh leads the singing around the lobster tree in Emsworth 'Picture Ian Hargreaves (151961-2)

Singing was led by Emsworth Village Voices choir and around 200 people joined in.

They were served delicious lobster bisque provided free by award-winning restaurant 36 On The Quay during the break.

The event was organised by Emsworth Business Association.

Alistair Gibson, from the EBA, said: ‘It was a resounding success – Emsworth at it’s very best.

It was a resounding success – Emsworth at it’s very best, I think

Alistair Gibson

‘We have this wonderful Christmas tree and felt we had to make the most of it. We couldn’t have done it without the support of the Slipper Sailing Club as it’s on their land, and 36 On The Quay which donated the delicious lobster bisque.

‘It was the last Saturday before Christmas and everyone was feeling very festive. It was lovely.’

The was lots of delicious local produce and artisan food and drink on sale at the Christmas market in South Street car park.

Chantelle Williams runs Fresh From the Boat with fisherman husband Pete.

They are one of the businesses to benefit from the lobster pots sponsored by members of the public.

She said: ‘It’s been so lovely. I can’t believe how well the projects by the EBA brought the community together. It’s just fantastic.’

And Havant MP Alan Mak joined in the carols too.

He said: ‘It was a really great community event for Christmas.

‘The atmosphere was buzzing.’