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Historic Nine Lessons and Carols recreated at Truro Cathedral

By WBMiles  |  Posted: December 18, 2013

  • The recreation of the historic Nine Lessons and Carols service at Truro Cathedral.

  • Some audience members dressed in Victorian attire for the recreation of the historic Nine Lessons and Carols service at Truro Cathedral.

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MORE than a thousand people crammed into Truro Cathedral to see a piece of Christmas history.

The first ever Nine Lessons and Carols service was created in Truro more than 130 years ago and this year the cathedral recreated the historic event.

The service on Tuesday attracted a huge crowd and the interest of media organisations around the country.

The recreation of the historic service was featured on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme and on Classic FM.

The Dean of Truro, The Very Reverend Roger Bush, said: “Little did we realise when we started out on this venture what interest it would create. A great deal of work and research went into trying to make the service as authentic as possible and credit should be given to Christopher Gray and his team for the magnificent job they did.

“We have been delighted by not only the number of people who turned up but also by the national media interest in the story. This little bit of Cornish history is truly something to be proud of.”

The Dean said he was looking forward to Christmas services including the modern day version of Nine Lessons and Carols on Monday and Tuesday at 7pm.

The first ever Nine Lessons and Carols service was devised by the first Bishop of Truro, Edward White Benson, in 1880 and has gone on to be adopted around the country.

The cathedral had not been completed at the time and the original service was held in a wooden structure where services were held until 1887.

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