Mary, Joseph and Dandy the donkey took the streets of Bovingdon at the weekend to take part in the village’s second live nativity.

This year, the people of Bovingdon welcomed the mayor and mayoress of Dacorum to the annual event, who joined the crowd in a procession from St Lawrence Church all the way to Bovingdon Baptist Church.

There were four stops along the way where actors performed scenes from the story of Jesus’ birth, and along the way, Christmas songs and carols were sung by Bovingdon Primary Academy choir.

Reverend Mary Moody, a minister at Bovingdon Baptist Church, said: “As the shepherds watched their delightful flock of three sheep on a grass verge opposite the library a host of angels appeared, giving glory to God in the High Street and telling the good news that a news that a saviour was born in Bethlehem – the ‘Prince of Peace’.

“Back at the library, a baby alpaca called Pumpkin was attended by King Herod’s servant as three wise men who’s travelled from the East waited for directions to the birthplace of the new king.

“When Herod told them to find him and report back ‘so that he may worship the child’ the crowd knew he wasn’t to be trusted and there were hisses and shouts of ‘boo’.

The final tableau depicted Mary, Joseph, the baby in the feeding trough, shepherds, kings angels, sheep, goats and the donkey, which was courtesy of Appreciating Animals in Bellingdon.

Reverend Moody added: “I don’t think anyone who was there will ever forget the day that Bethlehem came to Bovingdon.

“The High Street was full of actors, animals and angels giving glory to God.”

See our picture gallery from the day here.