Light up for hospice event

THE spirit of Christmas enjoys a late revival as St Luke's Hospice holds a belated Festival of Light this Sunday.

The popular annual event, which sees the hospice grounds in Little Common Lane, Whirlow, transformed into a winter wonderland, should have been held on December 4 but was the victim of the pre-Christmas snow.

The lights - each dedicated in memory of loved ones - did shine out as usual over the holiday, helping to raise a record-breaking 38,000, but the official ceremony will now be held on Sunday at 6pm.

Instead of the usual Christmas carols guests will join Holymoorside Brass Band and soloist Jessica Park in singing Joy to the World, You'll Never Walk Alone and Guide Me Oh Thou Great Redeemer.

And, to keep visitors warm, St Luke's staff and volunteers will be serving mince pies, soup, mulled wine, tea and coffee from 5pm.

Bus company First will be running a free Park and Ride service between the Tesco car park in Abbeydale Road and the hospice, from 4.30pm.

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