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Silent Night Carols At The Bob Lucas

weymouth fc

8:59am 14th November 2014

A unique historical moment will be commemorated with a Carol Service at Weymouth Football Ground.

One hundred years ago, on Christmas Day, British and German soldiers stopped fighting to sing and play football together.

Now, a Carol Service being held at The Bob Lucas Stadium wants to bring the community together in remembrance.

Silent Night Carols has been organised by REFRESH and the Churches of Weymouth and Portland and Local Reverend Anni Douglas, REFRESH Co-ordinator for The Church in Weymouth and Portland, explains why; "In 1914, the British and the Germans stopped fighting, on Christmas Day, and they played football and sang Silent Night. It must have been very, very peculiar for those young men to go back to fighting each other the next day, and because they sang Silent Night we're calling this The Silent Night Carol Service, it's a commemoration of World War One."

Four local primary schools will also be singing a new version of Silent Night, there will also be readings and some live theatre.

Anni told us it's a free event, but they're raising money for three charities on the night;

"One of them is the Salvation Army, the Salvation Army band are playing the music at the service, it's for their homeless work and so on, one of them is Help For Heroes, because we thought it was relevant, and the third one is Tearfund, they've got an appeal for relief for the Syrian refugees as a result of the war."

Silent Night Carols will be at 6pm on Thursday 4th December.

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