Will you be joining in Suffolk's doorstep carols?

The festive season officially gets underway on the Ipswich Cornhill with the switching on of it's Christmas lights.

Lightwave - part of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich - is joining forces with BBC Radio Suffolk for the doorstep carols - Credit: Archant

Carols are to be sung on people's doorsteps this evening - will you be joining in as they are broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk?

Lightwave - part of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich - is joining forces with BBC Radio Suffolk in a bid to bring people together and spread some festive cheer, as the coronavirus crisis continues make life challenging.

While gatherings of more than six people are not allowed under Tier 2 Covid-19 restrictions, singing carols on people's doorsteps is allowed in the rules.

As such, Suffolk's doorstep carol event will take place from 6pm on Wednesday, December 16 - with the wonderful melodies being broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk.

Christina Johnston, a classical and opera singer from Framlingham, will be taking part in the event and also recorded a carol for the occasion.  

Archdeacon Sally Gaze said: “Christina’s song captures the heart of Doorstep Carols this year.

“It reminds us that although the emphasis on shopping and partying is gone this year, neighbours can still share Christmas love. 

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“I believe that reflects the Saviour’s love at the heart of this season.”

BBC Radio Suffolk journalist and presenter Jon Wright said: “Doorstep carols is a brilliant idea and it’s great to be a part of something which genuinely brings people together.

“It also shows the unique places local radio has in our community – there’s no other way we could get thousands of people across the county all singing along at the same time.

“We’re using carols we’ve recorded at past BBC Radio Suffolk carol concerts at Snape Maltings, the Apex and the Cathedral so it’ll be a lovely mix of Suffolk voices past and present. I can’t wait…”

You can find out more about the event and print off your carol sheet here