Mistletoe Day in Tenbury marks high spot of season

Ludlow Advertiser: Tenbury young poets went around the town reciting their poetry to shoppers. Theo Houtchin reads some of his poetry to Tenbury shoppers. Tenbury young poets went around the town reciting their poetry to shoppers. Theo Houtchin reads some of his poetry to Tenbury shoppers.

TENBURY has had its biggest single day of Mistletoe activities.

Mistletoe Day has marked the high spot of a ‘season’ of events that will continue until just before Christmas.

Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and musician John Sampson rounded off a busy day by performing at The Regal.

It was a busy day for the festival and also for The Regal that had earlier played host to two screenings of a silent film based upon the story of ‘The Mistletoe Bride.’

Musicians from Tenbury High School had also played at the venue during the day.

The Pump Rooms was also busy with performances by the St Michael’s College Choir including some songs in the native languages of students who are from all over the world.

It was also outside the Pump Rooms as the light faded that the Mistletoe ceremony took place involving poetry readings and a procession to The Burgage.

The Mistletoe Shop in Teme Street was open throughout the day and as well as items made from the plant it also supported a number of charities including The Samaritans, St Michael’s Hospice and the Africa Well project.

Members of the Tenbury Library Choir sang at The Methodist Church as part of the festival and also as part of the 150th anniversary of the Methodist Church in the town.

People in the town, who did not have the time or inclination to attend a set piece event, were entertained by dance and street theatre with ‘imps and rogues’ popping up all over the town.

The second of three Mistletoe sales was held on Tuesday (December 3) at The Business Park and the final one will be held next Tuesday (December 10).

Because of the late season this year the mistletoe has generally not been as ‘ripe’ as it usually is by early December with fewer of the pearly white berries than is normal at this time of the year.

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