First Welwyn Advent window unveiled

MORE than 40 children and adults gathered in a village for the opening of its first ‘Advent window’.

A crowd formed outside Katies bakery, in High Street, Welwyn, early yesterday morning (Tuesday) to see a Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer-themed display unveiled in the shop window.

The design was created as part of the village’s Living Advent Calendar project.

The project will see a new window unveiled every day up until Christmas Eve.

The theme of the calendar, which is being organised by Welwyn St Mary’s Church, is Christmas cards and carols.

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Churchwarden Jane Carr described the unveiling at Katies as “fantastic”.

She said: “We sang Rudolph the red nosed reindeer before it was opened.

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“The children pulled the drape off the window and then we had gingerbread Rudolphs provided by Katies.”

As for the reasoning behind the advent calendar, she said: “The village has been suffering because of the Wellington fire so we wanted to do something to encourage the community to come out and support the village.”

The next display will be unveiled at The Old Welwyn Florist in High Street at 3.45pm today.

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