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Drive-in carol service offers safe and socially distanced take on traditional celebration

A drive-in carol service has almost sold out – just a day after tickets were made available.

Working with St Luke’s Church in Holbeck, Wortley and Farnley Parish have pulled together a free socially distanced Drive-In Carol Service at Dunelm Mill car park on Sunday, 20 December.

The Rev Claire Corley.

St John’s Church vicar the Rev Clare Corley told BBC Radio Leeds it was a modern take on a traditional idea and called it an ‘exhilarating’ team effort.

She said: “It’s been a really tough year, the nights are drawing in, so we just wanted to find a way to bring some comfort and joy and do it in the most Covid-safe way we could.

The 7.30pm session has a very limited number of tickets available – book here – with the earlier 5.30pm event sold out. Don’t be disappointed if you miss out on the tickets, there are plans to livestream the 7.30pm service.

There will be carols, some readings from a few local stars sending in some recorded readings (TV’s Harry Gration, Amanda Harper from Look North and Gaynor Barnes from ITV’s Calendar) and a talk from Bishop Nick. There will also be some trees, a stage, and organisers are working on a nativity scene.

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