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Unmissable Festive Celebration

Lincoln residents, shoppers and tourists are being encouraged to take a break from buying gifts and enjoy a traditional Christmas celebration.

Date: 31st Oct '14

This year’s Carols in The Cornhill event – taking place on December 11 at 6.30pm -  will feature a special procession, the Medieval practice of “Crying Christmas”,  and much more.

The City of Lincoln Waites, will get the ball rolling, when they begin processing from Newport Arch at 5.30pm, playing their unique music.  They will be stopping en route to “Cry Christmas” at Jews Court and The Cardinal’s Hat (at the top of the High Street) and will repeat their proclamation when they arrive at the Cornhill for the start of the service.

When they get to the city’s Stonebow the procession will stop to greet Lincoln’s Mayor,  Councillor Brent Charlesworth and the civic party, as well as members of the City of Lincoln Freemen’s Gild, who are all participating in this family event.

The City of Lincoln Waites’ spokesman Al Garrod said the Medieval band is looking forward to playing its part in this popular festive celebration.

Crying Christmas – which is made-up of a series of verses – is believed to have been written in 1565, possibly by the Official Recorder for the Common Council of Lincoln, William Hyde.  

The verses appear on a flyleaf of Entries of the Common Council 1565-1599 and seem to suggest Civic (Mayoral) Sponsorship of the Christmas Festivities in Medieval times.

“Historians cannot agree whether these verses were spoken or sung, but the words of Crying Christmas are clearly meant to be delivered by three characters,” said Al.

“We know these (the originals) were three of the Mayor’s Officers, because there is a further note in 1571, recording that their robes for Crying Christmas were to be renewed at Civic expense.”

The Cornhill Service will be conducted by the Lincoln Industrial Chaplain and Chaplain to the City of Lincoln Freemen  - the Reverend Canon Andrew Vaughan.

“As part of the celebrations, we are planning to invite schoolchildren from the Mayor’s ward to take part.  The Lincoln Beevor Band will also be playing music for this special service.”

Lincoln’s Civic Manager Kate Fenn said:  “The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Brent Charlesworth, will be a key part of the festive procession and is delighted to be continuing this historic event, as his predecessor did over 500 years ago.

“The Mayor will be joined by the Mayoress, Councillor Kath Brothwell and the City Sheriff and Lady, Councillor David and Barbara Jackson.”

Lincoln BIG Events & Promotions Manager Michael Armstrong said: “The Carols in The Cornhill event, close to the festive Christmas tree is always a wonderful occasion.

“We extend a warm welcome to families to come along and enjoy this service, along with Lincoln’s Christmas lights and encourage them to stay in the city centre and enjoy a meal, a coffee or a spot of late night shopping afterwards.