at the Cross
Carols at the Cross is a
a celebration of traditional carol singing held on Ryton Village Green
each year on the last Tuesday before Christmas Eve. It Started with a
group of brass players from the Ryton based ceilidh band 'Brass Neck'
playing some carols under the street lamp by the old village cross. Before
long it had grown into one of the most popular carol singing events in
the North East.
Each event starts with a welcoming peal of bells from
the new bells in Ryton Church Tower at around six o'clock. At six-thirty
the Brass Band strikes up with a short overture and then a plays a set
of carols for everyone to join in. Song sheets are provided.
There is a short break with one or two songs from the
ever popular Caedmon Choir and occasionally some traditional sword dancing
or a mummers play when a collection is made. All profits made go to St
The band continue with the carols and after a short thank
you from the organisors, the crowd disperse, mostly in the direction of
the Old Cross Public House where the festivities continue with some more
secular seasonal songs which more recently have included some Sheffield
Carols from the villages around that Yorkshire town.