Hall rings with festive sounds

Christmas concert at Banbury Town Hall
Christmas concert at Banbury Town Hall

The sounds of Christmas echoed around a packed Banbury Town Hall on Saturday, as more than 100 people sang carols, listened to festive music, ate mince pies and drank mulled wine.

They were taking part in a traditional Christmas concert that raised money for the Banbury branch of the Royal British Legion and the town mayor’s charity fund.

Mayor Tony Mepham told amusing tales of nativity plays that didn’t go as planned and his chaplain, Rev Sue Burchall, said a prayer for the people of Banbury.

The choirs of St Mary’s and St Leonard’s churches joined forces to sing carols.

Seasonal music was provided by pianists eight-­year-­old Dionne Sindayen and Jacob Collins and the Bodicote Handbell Ringers. Leader of Banbury Town Council Kieron Mallon sang The Boar’s Head Carol and chairman of Banbury’s Royal British Legion branch, Chris Smithson, read The Night Before Christmas.