The sound of children singing Christmas carols could be heard throughout Abbots Langley yesterday evening as the village’s annual carol concert took place.

Organised by the local parish council and charity Mencop, families turned out in force to support the event and in a bid to raise money for the aforementioned registered charity.

Mencop is run by serving and retired police officers and civilian committee members, and raises money to help those with learning disabilities.

The Christmas lights were turned on by local fundraiser and the Langleys' very own Santa Claus, Tony Spicer, who has become renowned in the area for his Christmas decorations and the work he does to raise money for charity.

Councillor Jane Lay said: “It was a super event, showcasing the wonderful musical talents of the children from our local schools.

“The talented Beth Perman led the carol singing, with great festive music from the Abbots Langley Orchestra.

“Father Christmas’s appearance was a real treat for the children of the village also.”