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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Canterbury: Saint Nicholas is coming
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¬†St Nicholas is arriving in Canterbury tomorrow- beginning with a parade and procession at 1pm from Westgate through the High Street with music by Big Bash Music. The true Father Christmas and Santa Claus will make his way through the city in a parade organised by the Canterbury City Management. The saint will arrive at Canterbury Cathedral at 2.30pm for a programme that includes music by the Cathedral Choristers directed by Dr David Flood. The Dean and civic and religious leaders will be on hand to welcome the saint. Admission to the cathedral is free from 2pm. Children and adults may greet St Nicholas at the Cathedral shop from 3pm. Other shops in the city will welcome the saint as well, during the parade. The cathedral education department is planning activities as well. This is the third annual celebration and record crowds are expected including coach tours and school groups. Members of the St Nicholas Society (SNS) and their friends have been planning for the festival for several months. This year's charity is to be Demelza House, a hospice for children in Kent. The SNS is pleased to announce that Mrs Jane Williams, who will celebrate her first Christmas with her husband Archbishop Rowan and their children in Canterbury, is the patron of the St Nicholas Celebration Day. In the evening the cathedral will be the venue for a classic seasonal music programme for St Nicholas Day by the Cantuar Singers and Orchestra including Part One of the Christmas Oratorio of J S Bach and a new work by Matthew Martin, with text by Dean Robert Willis, to honour the saint of the day. Tickets will be from £10 for unreserved seats. Early purchase is advised as quire seating is limited. An exhibition of images of St Nicholas is on display in the cathedral until 15 December during regular visiting hours. It is a rare collection which was, until recently, housed in Old Palace, owned by Canon James Rosenthal of the St Nicholas Society. BREAKING NEWS: St Nicholas will appear in Sloane Square, London, on December 10 at 5pm. For more information on the saint's whereabouts, visit:
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