Golden show at King’s Church

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FIRE-JUGGLING, dance, videos and drama were among the highlights at this year’s Strand of Gold Christmas show at Eastbourne’s Kings Church.

More than 1,600 people attended the three performances of Centre Of It All at the church in Hampden Park earlier this month.

Scores more braved freezing weather to see singers from the cast perform excerpts from the show in the town centre in the run-up to Christmas.

And before curtain-up, the audience were able to visit an exhibition of artwork produced by members of the church.

One hundred and forty people from the church were involved in the show including 25 children who attended Kings Church’s summer school for the performing arts last summer.

The show was organised by Andy Thorpe, who is one of the leaders at Kings.

“It was just fantastic,” he said. “And it was great to involve so many of the church, especially young people and particularly some of the youngsters who took part in our first summer school here at Kings. I am always excited by the amazing range of talent we have here.”

Andy said it was always a challenge to give the familiar story of Christmas a new twist.

“We wanted to do something that felt a little different, something that was culturally-relevant but still celebrated the real meaning of Christmas

“The audiences really enjoyed what we did so I think we managed to achieve that aim.”