Dozens park up for socially-distanced drive-in carol service held in car park

Dozens attended the drive-in Christmas carol service at the Wisbech St Mary community centre in Beechings Close on...

Dozens attended the drive-in Christmas carol service at the Wisbech St Mary community centre in Beechings Close on December 20. - Credit: Ian Carter 

Those not wanting to miss out on Christmas carol services this year filled a community centre car park for a socially-distanced drive-in performance.  

Dozens of cars packed out the Wisbech St Mary community centre car park on Sunday, December 20 for the “Covid-safe drive-in carol service”.  

Dozens attended the drive-in Christmas carol service at the Wisbech St Mary community centre in Beechings Close on...

Dozens attended the drive-in Christmas carol service at the Wisbech St Mary community centre in Beechings Close on December 20. - Credit: Ian Carter

The 45-minute show was performed from the back of a small lorry parked outside the centre on Beechings Close in Wisbech St Mary from 3pm.  

The sell-out event was held by Wisbech St Mary and Guyhirn Church and was in aid of The Children’s Society charity’s Christmas appeal.  

Dozens attended the drive-in Christmas carol service at the Wisbech St Mary community centre in Beechings Close on...

Dozens attended the drive-in Christmas carol service at the Wisbech St Mary community centre in Beechings Close on December 20. - Credit: Ian Carter

A spokesperson said: “We had an allocation of up to 60 cars so numbers were based on a first come first serve basis – attendees had to pre-register their number plate.  

“The service lasted 45 minutes and carol service sheets were handed out on arrival, everyone had to follow Covid-19 social distancing regulations.” 

Dozens attended the drive-in Christmas carol service at the Wisbech St Mary community centre in Beechings Close on...

Dozens attended the drive-in Christmas carol service at the Wisbech St Mary community centre in Beechings Close on December 20. - Credit: Ian Carter

Attendees were asked to remain in their cars with the engines off, remembering to bring winter clothing, flasks or hot drinks to keep them warm.  

Dozens attended the drive-in Christmas carol service at the Wisbech St Mary community centre in Beechings Close on...

Dozens attended the drive-in Christmas carol service at the Wisbech St Mary community centre in Beechings Close on December 20. - Credit: Ian Carter