Christmas hide-and-seek

BARNSTAPLE churches are looking for a donkey costume to help them spread the message of Christmas throughout the town.

Holy Trinity, Newport and Pilton churches are joining forces for a novel hide-and-seek in the town centre on Saturday (Dec 11).

Costumed characters from the nativity will be dotted about the High Street, adjoining streets, the Pannier Market and Green Lanes from 2pm to 4pm to remind people of the Christmas message and the baby in a manger.

Shoppers and the public generally are invited to find the characters and collect a sticker from each of them, with DVD prizes awaiting the first five completed stickers, plus smaller prizes for all who take part.

Free refreshments will also be available for all participants at Doves in Church Walk between 4pm and 5pm.


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But while the main characters are ready to play their parts, the churches are currently without a donkey.

Any theatrical group or others who may be able to help them out with a costume are invited to contact the Rev Simon May, Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, on 01271 344321.

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