Lymm Radio to save Christmas carolling event for thousands of people by making it virtual

Lymm Radio celebrated its official launch in September 2020 but began broadcasting online in March ahead of the Government announcing the first nationwide lockdown

LYMM RADIO will save an annual Christmas carolling tradition with a virtual reconstruction, by broadcasting the music and making the lyrics available online.

The ‘Carols at the Cross’ event brings several thousand residents from Lymm and neighbouring villages congregating in the centre of Lymm village on Christmas Eve.

Roads into the village are shut and people arrive early to secure the best view

Supported by Lymm Parish council and accompanied by Warrington Brass Band, people stand near Lymm’s Grade 1 listed structure, The Cross, to sing together.

Lymm resident Georgina Finch, 40, of Wellcroft Gardens, commented on the magical atmosphere: “The carols always bring a Christmassy feel to the village”.

Carollers are encouraged to dress in festive attire for the event

This year, ‘Carols at the Cross’ will be replaced by virtual ‘Carols around Lymm’ due to covid-19.

Lymm Radio will broadcast carols and traditional Christmas songs to safely recreate festive unity for everyone in Lymm between 7 and 8pm on Christmas Eve.

In discussion with South Warrington MP Andy Carter, who recognised the community spirit of Lymm which will help make this virtual event a success

The public is invited to sing along, at home, on doorsteps, and in their gardens.

Paul Smith, Station Manager at Lymm Radio, said: “Christmas Eve is legendary because the whole of the village comes together.

“The good times will return but this year we primarily have to think about safety.

Lymm Radio will keep the carols going in a safe way, by beaming the carols and getting everyone to sing in their homes to bring Christmas cheer.”

Just like ‘Clap for our Carers’ brought communities together in appreciation for UK key workers, Lymm Radio hopes that their virtual event will keep communities singing together.

Rob Tucker, Weekend Manager at Lymm Radio, said: “We hope to use Lymm Radio to unify everybody within Lymm.”

The decision to cancel the event was made by Lymm Parish council in September 2020.

Lymm Parish Councillor Joe Griffiths, also Secretary of Lymm Festivities Group, has been attending the event for over 30 years.

Mr Griffiths said: “It is very sad but nothing can be done” and acknowledged. that there is hope for the future.

Town Crier, Peter Powell, praised the determination of Lymm Radio and believes that the station have saved the Christmas tradition for Lymm.

Lymm Town Crier Peter Powell has been running the ‘Carols at the Cross’ event for over 25 years

He said: “Without Lymm Radio, this event could not have continued”.