Carols at village pond is another big success

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Freezing temperatures did not deter carol singers from turning out in force to carol singing in Clanfield.

About 140 people, including many children, took part in the Carols around the Pond event on a bitterly cold night in Clanfield.

The Salvation Army band provided musical accompaniment, and schoolchildren contributed a series of readings between the carols.

Brian Ahern, chairman of Clanfield Parish Council, which organises the annual event at Clanfield Pond, said: 'It's been a tradition ever since the pond was cleared out in 2005.

'There was quite a lot of rubbish to be cleared, and we decided that we could best get the job done if we set ourselves a target.

'We said if it was done by Christmas, the parish council would organise an event and give out light sticks to children and mince pies to adults.

'The work was finished four days before the event.

'It was a great success and it's been going ever since.

'It's a real village event that brings everyone together.'