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Drive-in Nativity hailed as an outstanding success

The organisers and volunteers of the Giant Screen Nativity in Weymouth have hailed the first night a great success.

Neil Biles, one of the organisers, said:

“The fantastic team of volunteers rose to the challenge of getting 110 cars safely parked and ensuring everyone could see and hear which contributed to a fun, stress-free and safe event for everyone who came”

The feedback has been fantastic. One resident at the event commented:

“We loved it, it was brilliant. Our car was very noisy with hearty singing! Well done to everyone concerned, from the sponsors to the event organisers, well done Weymouth community!”

The BBC Spotlight team were also on site to broadcast live from the event.

There was a great response to the free Nativity activity packs which were given to all attendees. The packs were sponsored by Weymouth Town Council and the Let’s Make it community group.

Julie Hursthouse, Community Development Officer for Weymouth Town Council, and her team put together 340 packs for the three-night event. Julie said:

“It was a huge task for our team to fill the activity packs, but it was so worth it to see the excited children (and adults) when they received them. Each pack was made up well in advance to keep within the Covid rules.”

Cllr Gill Taylor said:

“I am very pleased that Weymouth Town Council and Dorset Council were able to sponsor this event along with many other partners and churches. I’m so proud of our community minded staff and volunteers for once again putting Weymouth on the map with their dedication and forward thinking.”

There will be some activity packs left over which will be donated by Let’s Make it to the children’s social care team. The organisers admit the event has been a massive undertaking but are thrilled to have been able to spread peace and joy this Christmas.

The video of the Nativity play which was screened at the event is now available to watch on Youtube.