Plans for live nativity at Bourne Christmas lights switch-on

Bourne mayor Helen Powell with Santa at Bourne Wood. Photo by Peter Hallam
Bourne mayor Helen Powell with Santa at Bourne Wood. Photo by Peter Hallam
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A live nativity with real animals and people playing the parts of the bible story could be at the centre of Bourne’s Christmas celebration this year.

Lincolnshire County Councillor Helen Powell, representing Bourne Castle, is working hard to bring the Christmas story to life at the annual lights switch on which will include late night shopping, seasonal music and a street market on November 30.

She is trying to recruit people as a shepherd, king and even Mary and Joseph, and animals to make a living nativity scene.

The live nativity would be the first of its kind to feature at the Christmas event.

Coun Powell was inspired to bring the live nativity to Bourne after experiencing them in Lecce in Italy.

She said: “It is just a magical thing. It could be a real feature of the event and bring the real essence of what Christmas is all about.

“I think it will change a few people’s minds when they think of what Christmas is about.”

Coun Powell is proposing the nativity take place between midday and 4pm and she is looking for people to take shifts taking part.

Anyone interested should call her on 01778 421042 or email helennjpowell@hotmail.co.uk