Children from the parish of St Dominic's Priory, in Haverstock Hill, north London, dressed as Dominican friars, a cardinal, and other historic characters yesterday afternoon, when they staged a re-enactment of the history of their church, in the priory gardens. The performance was directed by one of the older members of the community, Fr Columba Ryan OP, who said he was first brought to St Dominic's by his parents, when he was baptised there 87 years ago. The show was one of many events celebrating the 120th anniversary of the opening of the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and St Dominic. In the morning there was a special celebration Mass attended by several VIPS including the leader of Camden Council, Jane Roberts, representatives from other churches, the Royal Free hospital and local schools. The church is currently holding an exhibition on the history of the Dominicans in London - beginning with their arrival in Dover in 1224 to the present day. Organised by the Prior, Fr Dermot Morrin, there is a pillar from the mediaeval Blackfriars on Ludgate Hill in the City of London, and many paintings, drawings and photographs. Among them are pictures of Fr Vincent McNabb OP, and Fr Alan Cheales, and stills from the 1950s movie Carve Her Name With Pride, starring Virginia McKenna, which was filmed in St Dominic's. Work from a children's art competition, and poetry and prose written by parishioners is also on show. Next Saturday, 14 June, at 7.30pm, the Priory Singers and Belsize Baroque, will be holding a celebration concert at St Dominic's to mark the anniversary. The programme includes music by Vivaldi, Montiverdi, Handel and Mozart. Admission is by donation. For more information visit St Dominic's website at: www.op-london.org/
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