A marvellous mime pulls in the crowds

Christmas Mime 2012
Christmas Mime 2012

A hush fell over Market Rasen’s Market Place on Monday for the telling of the Christmas story.

The Christmas Mime is one of the town’s tradition, seeing members of Rasen churches coming together every four years to re-enact the story of Christ’s birth.

The event always attracts a good crowd and, despite the challenging weather, this year was no exception.

Narrators Jenny Atkinson and Geoff Handford adeptly told the story, as the cast brought the Nativity to life, all enhanced with some dramatic lighting.

The role of Mary and Joseph were taken on by husband and wife Tracey and Brian Burns, who were joined by a very willing donkey - Cash , who travelled from the coast with his owner John Nuttall to take part in the production.

And, of course, the town’s market place is the ideal setting for the Christmas Mime to take place in.

The cobbled surface gives a feeling of age straight away and the auction shed is perfect for transforming into the stable in Bethlehem, with the help of local farmer Neil Cooper providing the straw bales.

Next to the shed, the Aston Arms provides an important part of the story, with landlord John allowing his premises to be used by innkeeper John Fox to turn Mary and Joseph away.

“ It has been wonderful that so many local community members, businesses and farmers have been willing to lend a hand in so many ways, said Mime director David Young.

“It really would not have be en possible without so much support and it has been a real honour to work with them, and of course on portraying, in dramatic form, such a significant event, when the light of Jesus broke into the world.”

A collection was made at the end of the performance, which will be shared between two charities - LIVES and CAP, Christians Against Poverty - and everyone was able to dry off and warm up with refreshments in the Salvation Army Centre.

Cast of the 2012 Christmas Mime: Mary - Tracey Burns; Joseph - Brian Burns; Gabriel - Mike Eckersley; Angels - Emma Eckersley, Katy Edwards, Amelia Jose, Jo Johnston, Maisie Kendall, Cara Lee, Anna Parry, Matilda Troughton, Melanie Williams; Innkeeper - John Fox; Servant Girl - Thalia Nuttall; Shepherds - Peter Atkinson, Henry Clarke, Adam Dame, Matthew Eckersely, Ian Hardcastle, Roy Kitchen, Geoff Smith; Wise Men - Quin Hough, Mike Maw, David Islip.