Thousands enjoy Carols at the Castle

The Christmas spirit was alive in Warwick for the annual carols celebration. With over 2,000 tickets sold and the pleasant winter weather drawing a large walk-up crowd, ticket sales once again raised funds for local charitable and community causes.

The event, held every December in the dramatic surroundings of Warwick Castle, was enjoyed by around 2,500 people who were entertained by the choirs of St Mary’s Church and the Royal Spa Brass Band.

Carols at Warwick Castle

Carols at Warwick Castle

The event was compered by local celebrity and radio presenter Annie Othen and comprised of 18 favourite carols, including ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’, selected by competition winner Zoe Allen to close the event on the Carols at Warwick Castle Facebook page, and a rendition of ‘Let It Go’ from Disney’s hit movie, Frozen.

Students from Warwickshire College were invited to photograph the event as part of a social media initiative to engage young talent, organised by Jane Murray, the Lead for Photography at the institution.

Photography from the event can also be viewed on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/carolswarwick, alongside images from local photographer, Rachel Spivey.

Selwyn Rowley, member of the organising committee, said: ‘This was a fantastic evening and a memorable start to Christmas.

“Everyone seemed to have a really good time.

“We are indebted to the many volunteers for their help, and to Warwick Castle and the other sponsors for their considerable support. The evening raised funds that will go to worthy local causes, which is marvellous.’