Mary carries on regardless

Cloughton village held it's own nativity parade for the third year running. The procession started at St Mary's Church and ended at Town Farm where a tableaux was performed as well as christmas carols being sung by members of the village.  Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 115096
Cloughton village held it's own nativity parade for the third year running. The procession started at St Mary's Church and ended at Town Farm where a tableaux was performed as well as christmas carols being sung by members of the village. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 115096
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THE show must go on – despite their disappointment youngsters in Cloughton carried on with Sunday’s festive performance after one of the cast fell ill and needed medical attention.

Dandy, a pony who belongs to Dawn Readman, was due to carry Mary but the animal fell ill ahead of the performance.

Cloughton village held it's own nativity parade for the third year running. The procession started at St Mary's Church and ended at Town Farm where a tableaux was performed as well as christmas carols being sung by members of the village.  Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 115096'19/12/11

Cloughton village held it's own nativity parade for the third year running. The procession started at St Mary's Church and ended at Town Farm where a tableaux was performed as well as christmas carols being sung by members of the village. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 115096'19/12/11

The Rev Liz Kitching, the vicar of Cloughton, said that the children would have been disappointed when they heard that he could not take part.

She added: “He was there, he was in the barn. Dawn rang me on Friday to say that she didn’t think that he’d be well enough to take part.”

She said that the event brought the community together and said it was a “real village affair”. She added: “Nearly 60 adults and 30 kids turned up – for a little village that is spectacular.”

Mary was played by Emily Stavely and she headed to “the stable” on foot along High Street after leaving St Mary’s Church while the Three Wise Men and the Star left the Red Lion.

Cloughton village held it's own nativity parade for the third year running. The procession started at St Mary's Church and ended at Town Farm where a tableaux was performed as well as christmas carols being sung by members of the village.  Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 115096'19/12/11

Cloughton village held it's own nativity parade for the third year running. The procession started at St Mary's Church and ended at Town Farm where a tableaux was performed as well as christmas carols being sung by members of the village. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 115096'19/12/11

The two processions met before moving along High Street to Town Farm where a barn provided the setting for the final chapter of the nativity.

The event, originally the idea of the Rev Sam Foster, Scarborough’s Fresh Expressions minister, is now in its third year.