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Weymouth Young People Celebrate Christmas Truce

by Michael Ford last modified 16 Dec, 2014 01:47 PM

Nearly 1000 people gathered at Weymouth Football Stadium on 4 December for a special carol service.

Weymouth Young People Celebrate Christmas Truce

A view from the stands: photo by Alex Smith

The 'Silent Night' service at the Bob Lucas Stadium, home of Weymouth Football Club, marked 100 years since the German and British armies held a spontaneous truce and played football between the trenches.

Those present included choirs from local churches and six schools, a Salvation Army band, and Richard Drax MP. Ministers from various denominations included Andy Rimmer, Chaplain to Weymouth FC.

Silent Night Carols- football drama

A drama performed by young people recreated the truce. Click here for a YouTube clip (4min 10sec)

Richard Drax commented, "Touchingly, one constituent's grandfather had been there and we presented her with a bunch of red roses to commemorate the event and of course her grandfather."
Click here for his diary entry

Anni Douglas, REFRESH Co-ordinator for The Church in Weymouth and Portland, said: “Everyone likes Christmas carols, even if they don’t enjoy going to church.

“The stadium has been fantastic and has given us the venue for free as their contribution. In fact, they are keen to work with us for future events there."

The event raised £900 to be shared between the Salvation Army, Help for Heroes and the Tear Fund for Syrian Refugees.

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