Village to enjoy Covid-secure Christmas Eve float parade

St Mary the Virgin Church in East Bergholt is putting on a Covid-secure Christmas Eve float

St Mary the Virgin Church in East Bergholt is putting on a Covid-secure Christmas Eve float parade for the village. - Credit: Su Anderson

Villagers in East Bergholt will be celebrating Christmas Eve in style this year – with a spectacular Covid-secure float parade which aims to spread comfort and joy. 

A total of 16 festive floats are currently under construction ready for the parade at 3.30pm on Christmas Eve, following the cancellation of the village's church service which usually attracts more than 700 people.

The event would have been limited to no more than 70 people due to the coronavirus pandemic, so churchwarden Liz Digby came up with a different way to mark the occasion. 

“We hope this will be something nice for families to remember about 2020 – that it was not just the year of the coronavirus," she said. 

“We thought if people cannot come to the church on Christmas Eve, the church would come to them.

“It will be lovely to get everyone together, socially distanced of course.”

Villagers have been asked to come out and see the parade from their front gardens and light their mobile phones up - but to make sure they stay apart.

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People from neighbouring villages have been asked not to attend the parade, as it would increase the risk of spreading the virus.

Stephne van der Toorn, rector of East Bergholt and Brantham said: “The community has really supported one another this year, looking after neighbours and making sure everyone is cared for.

“It is really nice and fitting we can spread a little comfort and joy to the people of East Bergholt this Christmas.”

To add to the festivities, the church has also organised a Christmas donkey hunt in the village.

A total of 15 wooden donkeys have been hidden around East Bergholt, with residents challenged to find them all.

Rev van der Toorn added: “The Church is very grateful to the Community Council and the East Bergholt Parish Council for their support of the project and to East Bergholt High School Technology and Art Departments who made the donkeys for us.

“The donkey trail is up and trotting and people are having fun finding them all.”

For more information visit the Bergholt Bulletin Facebook page.

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