Crowds Turn Out For Carol Service And Nativity

Mary and Joseph (Rowena and Rich) get turned away from the Mermaid Inn

The Methodist chapel was full to the rafters last night as islanders attended the annual Christmas carol service.

It was preceded by the traditional Scilly ‘walking nativity’ where the Christmas story was re-enacted with shepherds, wise men and Mary and Joseph walking from the Bank and the Garrison to the Methodist church for the service.

And true to the nativity story, the couple were turned away from four inns – the Mermaid, the Atlantic, the Bishop and Wolf and the Scillonian Club.

Rowena and Rich played the part of Jesus’ parents and six-month-old Seb stayed in the warmth at the Chapel and took the role of the baby Jesus.

Jackie Pritchard, who helped arrange the event, says the walking nativity is a unique way of bringing the Christmas story to life, rather than a static play or a nativity scene with wooden characters.