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Famous voices share Christmas stories for charity

A HOST of famous voices are set to share humorous stories at a Yuletide event in aid of two worthy charities.

Bargain Hunt star Christina Trevanion and Terrence Hardiman – who played the Abbot of Shrewsbury in the Cadfael television series - are among those lined up alongside Tim Dutton who has starred in Midsummer Murders, Lewis etc and  Genevieve from Radio Shropshire to read festive stories as part of the Joy of Christmas event on Friday, December 8, at Shrewsbury Abbey.

Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start, with the concert also featuring the Shropshire Girls Choir, Salop Band and Shrewsbury Brass Band.

Presented by the Templar Trust and organised by Richard Pugh, the third annual event will see proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support and the Severn Hospice.

Richard Pugh said: “This is a different kind of Christmas concert from most and it’s been increasing in popularity each year. There will be rousing music from the brass band, peaceful tunes from the choir and classical music from the Salop Band so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

“This is an event which will cheer up everyone by helping those in need, which is more important than ever at Christmas time. We aim to support two much-needed charities while providing a fun evening.”

Kate Thomas, Macmillan Cancer Support Fundraising Manager for Shropshire, added: “This is sure to be a fantastic evening and will raise money which will be used right here in the county to help those with cancer access services and support they need.  We’d like to encourage as many people as possible to attend and thank Richard Pugh, the Templar Trust and all those involved in organising the concert for their hard work.”

Tickets costing £10 are available from Pengwern Books on Fish Street, Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury Abbey and online at www.ticketsource.co.uk – there are also £25 tickets available to include the concert and a reception afterwards at the Wildlife Centre opposite with a buffet, sparkling wine and the chance to meet those taking part in the concert.