Bridport Turns Into Bethlehem

by Gerry Lynch last modified 06 Jan, 2014 10:31 AM

Outdoor nativity to take place in West Dorset town on Saturday amid the market stalls on one of the busiest days on the year.

Every year, Bridport becomes Bethlehem on the last Saturday before Christmas as the true message of the festival is brought to the crowds thronging the market stalls. The event, organised by Churches Together in Bridport and District, takes place on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Adults and children dress up as magi, shepherds and angels, process along East and South Street, arriving at Bucky Doo Square for a tableau. Mary and Joseph walk along West Street, knock on the door of an inn, and are sent away to the stable in Bucky Doo Square. Crowds gather in the square and watch the tableau as it unfolds, with narration, and sing carols with accompanying musicians. A young baby plays Jesus

Some modern elements to help the flow of the drama and make it suitable for all ages, and there will be signing for the hard of hearing.. Headdresses for children coming as angels or shepherds will be available in the Arts Centre forecourt from 10.30 until 11 am, and the procession will hit streets of Bridport from 11.

In the event of adverse weather conditions, the performance will take place in St Mary’s Church, South Street at 11.15 am.For further inquiries, ring 01308 897415.

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