The week of Christmas began this evening with the annual — and increasingly popular — Carols by Candlelight service in St Regulus' Church. As usual, the format included community carol singing, readings of the Christmas story, a message from Father Mel and singing by the Cromarty Christmas Choir which is gathered together each year for this special event. Choir selections were led by Simon Evans and Edward Caswell, and the programme ranged from Bach through arrangements of well-known carols to American spirituals and traditional South African numbers. An additional item — in honour of Nelson Mandela — was the singing of the South African national anthem 'Nkosi Skielel iAfrica'. Afterwards, singers and congregation mingled and enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies.
This year's charity, The Highland Food Bank, will receive £326 donated at the service.