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Real-life donkey to star in St Mary's Church nativity in Watford
Shoppers in Watford town centre will encounter a real-life donkey in a "live nativity" being organised by Watford's churches.
He will be joined by a cow, a sheep and a goat, and volunteers playing the parts of Mary, Joseph, Jesus, shepherds and wise men.
Housed in a temporary stable outside St Mary's Church, in Church Street, children and passers-by will be able to meet them all and get a taste of the very first Christmas. The project was the brainchild of Rev Tom Kirk of Beechen Grove Baptist Church, which organised something similar two years ago.
The idea has now been taken up by all of the churches in Watford, who are working together to repeat the event on a larger scale.
Rev Kirk said: "I am delighted that so many churches from all across Watford and Bushey have wanted to come together in this way to tell the real story of Christmas.
"People of all faiths and none will be more than welcome to meet the animals and learn something more about one of the stories that Christians hold most dear."
The stable will be open for business from 10am to 4pm on Friday and Saturday, December 20 and 21.
The event is free and there is no need to book in advance. Children and adults will be welcome to meet the professionally-cared for animals, and enjoy a warm cup of tea and a mince pie in St Mary's afterwards.
During the two days, there will also be choirs and bands performing alongside the animals.
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