Navy base's Nativity show proves a '˜sweet' success

THE NATIVITY story was given a sweet twist as sailors took to the stage to perform a Christmas show.

Friday, 22nd December 2017, 6:00 am
HMS Sultan's Christmas Carol Service and Junior Rates Christmas Dinner

Staff and trainees from HMS Sultan rallied to join the Gosport navy base’s annual carol service.

And this year’s festive bonanza was given a surreal theme based on the humble chocolate bar.

During the retelling of the Nativity story of Jesus’s birth, puns featuring well-known chocolate bars were included.

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Christmas dinner is served at HMS Sultan

From the three wise men following a ‘Starbar’ to them presenting their ‘Bounty’ of gifts to Jesus, more than a dozen different sweets made an appearance.

An HMS Sultan spokesman said: ‘It was just a way of making an important story, that a lot of people have heard before, stand out that little bit more.’

During the service, HMS Sultan’s Volunteer Band performed carols.

Sporting prizes and colours were presented to those who had completed a 100-mile or 500-miles challenge. Later, trainees were served Christmas Dinner by Captain Peter Towell, the base’s commanding officer, and the establishment’s team of senior officers.

Musical accompaniment for the carol singers
Carol singing at HMS Sultan
Christmas dinner is served at HMS Sultan
Musical accompaniment for the carol singers
Carol singing at HMS Sultan