Service broadcast on Christmas Day

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A SERVICE from Portsmouth Cathedral is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Day.

The pre-recorded service will be shown from 9am and will feature traditional carols, including I Saw Three Ships, interspersed with contributions from naval personnel aboard HMS Protector, which is spending its winter in the South Atlantic on deployment.

Portsmouth Cathedral will also hold three identical carol services and two crib services to cope with the demand in the run-up to Christmas.

Portsmouth Cathedral Choir will lead the singing at carol services on December 21, 22 and 23, while the youth choir Cantate will help to lead crib services on Christmas Eve.