Remember loved ones at service

Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough. Photo: Rowland Hobson/Peterborough Telegraph

Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough. Photo: Rowland Hobson/Peterborough Telegraph

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The annual Lights of Love service will take place at Thorpe Hall Hospice.

For thousands of people across the area, Lights of Love has become a key event in the festive calendar, offering the chance to take time out of the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparation to remember loved ones.

This year’s carol concert will take place on Sunday, December 13 in the gardens of Thorpe Hall, in Longthorpe, Peterborough, with the mansion house as the backdrop. Doors will open at 5pm with the carol singing beginning at 5.30pm.

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire presenter Jane Smith will compere the event with the City of Peterborough Concert Band providing musical accompaniment for the carol singing.

Peterborough Gospel Choir will also take to the microphones as will young bagpipe player Kathryn Johnston. The concert will be rounded off with a firework finale at 7pm.

During the event, which is free to attend, Thorpe Hall’s Chapel will be open and the hospice’s books of remembrance will be available to view.

Events fundraiser Jo Killick said: “The Lights of Love event is a favourite with so many people who see it as the start of their festive celebrations. It’s a lovely way to remember and celebrate the lives of special people with family and friends.

“Once again we’ve got some brilliant musicians to lead the singing – the City of Peterborough Concert Band and bagpipe player Kathryn Johnston.

“But of course we’d like all our guests to bring their best voices with them – along with scarves, gloves and hats to keep warm.”