Churches come together to perform traditional Christmas play in Market Place

Last performed in 2008, the Rasen Christmas mime  returns this year.
Last performed in 2008, the Rasen Christmas mime returns this year.

The Christmas Story will be brought to life this year in a Market Rasen tradition that has lasted for more than half a century.

Every four years, churches come together to perform a spectacular outdoor Christmas Mime in the Market Place - and 2012 is the year.

And if the 2008 production is anything to go by, hundreds of local people, as well as those from further afield, are expected to flock to the Market Place on Monday, December 17, at 6.30pm to see the performance.

The Mime uses the unique setting of the auction shed for the stable, ideally placed alongside the Aston Arms inn, where Joseph and Mary find there is no room for them.

“We really do hope people will find time and space to come along to this highlight of the Christmas season,” said director David Young.

“Local farmers and businesses will be providing invaluable support with the provision of straw bales and real sheep for this not-to-be missed free authentic production which is, of course, suitable for all ages.”

There will be seating for 200, but there will be plenty of standing room for a large capacity crowd.

“We’re excited and expectant about the occasion and there will be some new touches this year,” added David.

And the word on the street is local newly weds, Brian and Tracey Burns are taking the parts of Joseph and Mary and that a donkey has been found to take a starring role in the cast.

The performance will last about 30 minutes and will culminate with a stunning tableau of the traditionally costumed cast of angels, shepherds, and wisemen arrayed around Mary, Joseph and the manger.

Refreshments afterwards at the Salvation Army Centre.