Real camels are returning to Hull for a nativity spectacular fit for the city of culture year!
The Live Nativity is a colourful retelling of the Christmas story and is set to return on Saturday, December 16th with a stellar local cast and complete with real camels, sheep, and a donkey.
Popular Look North presenter Peter Levy will play Angel Gabriel, Rosie Millard, chair of Hull City of Culture 2017, Hull City Council culture supremo Jon Pywell and Inspector Kirsty Tock, of Humberside Police, will take on the role of the Magi and the Bishop of Hull will put her crook to good use as a shepherd.
The event, which is being organised by Hull Minster in conjunction with the Hull church culture network Believe In Hull, hopes to amass a 300-strong choir made up of local people.
Hull creative performing artist Sarah Davies has been recruited to direct the event and add more cultural flourishes to it.
The action will start from ‘Nazareth’ - the monument in Queen Victoria Square - at 1pm where Mary will be called by the angel Gabriel to give birth to Jesus in Bethlehem – Trinity Square. The animals and nativity characters will journey to the church in a colourful procession involving real pub innkeepers, and other surprises. A large nativity scene will be erected in Trinity Square where there will be communal carols led by the Nativity Praise choir and the Humberside Police brass band. Families will get the chance to see the animals up close after the nativity performance ends and then help tell the story themselves with a short crib service inside Hull Minster.
The animals will be able to be viewed in Queen Victoria Square from 12noon and the nativity will begin at 1pm.
You can follow the progress of the Live Nativity on Twitter @HullMinster.