Neston nativity 2015

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undefinedAnyone passing through Neston, Wirral, in recent weeks will have noticed the impressive nativity artwork installed in the grounds of St Mary and St Helen church. The Revd Alan Dawson, Vicar, explained: "The inspiration was to create a scene to be seen in silhouette form and light up in the evenings."

The idea came forward after talks among a group of volunteer men from the parish who meet each Tuesday morning in Neston to see what maintenance needs doing to the three Anglican churches in the locality.

One of the men, Terry Abel, began to drive the Nativity project forward by creating the figures. Inspired techniques and many hours of work went into creating life-size images for the scene now present outside St Mary and St Helen church.

The models were illuminated to co-ordinate with Neston's Christmas lights switch-on early in December.

Vicar Alan added: "Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first Nativity scene in 1223 – to help people in their worship of Jesus the Christ child.

“We think our attempt looks wonderful, so well done to all involved!”