On Tuesday morning our staff were out in teams to begin laying the 15,000 candles in readiness for this year’s Candlelight evening. As darkness fell over the Sanctuary, the Main Yard and walkways were lit up into magical Christmas patterns. Each candle represented a dedication by our supporters to the memory of a loved one, a family member, a friend or personal pet.
Members of the public started to arrive early in the afternoon and were treated to an encore of donkeys braying while our staff band did a final rehearsal before the Carol Service started in the New Barn later in the evening.
After the service, there were donkeys to meet in the Main Yard as well as mulled wine and mince pies to warm us all!
We are delighted that so many people joined us for this very special annual event and invite you all to join us again next year - Friday 11th December 2009.