Bah, humbug ... a Christmas classic reborn

CHRISTMAS PRESENT: Members of Sudbury Choral Society perform Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at St Peter's.
CHRISTMAS PRESENT: Members of Sudbury Choral Society perform Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at St Peter's.

A BREAK from tradition paid off for Sudbury Choral Society at the weekend as a record number of people enjoyed the group’s production of A Christmas Carol.

In a departure from the usual “Christmas experience” featuring carols and readings, the society delivered a semi-staged performance of Charles Dickens’ festive classic at St Peter’s on Sunday.

Group members dressed up to play various roles while children from Lavenham Primary School also took part in the story, which was interspersed with carols.

Andy Swan, chairman of the society, said: “The production went very well and we had 230 people in the audience, which is a record.

“Everything we have heard back about the performance has been good and it seems people thoroughly enjoyed it.

“The biggest problem is what we will follow it with next year.”

Mr Swan, who has been in the society for 10 years, said the decision to try something new had been a gamble but he was pleased it worked out.

“We moved away from something tried and tested but we were ready for a change,” he added.