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Crib collection set to raise cash.

THE festive season at a Saltburn church starts this year with a celebration of the nativity scene.

Crib scenes depict the Holy Family, shepherds and the Magi in the stable where Jesus was born.

The Emmanuel Church has 50 examples of cribs from all over the world, and is displaying them to raise money for the parish youth project.

The exhibition was the brainchild of former teacher Audrey Norris, who saw a similar display while on holiday in Montreal, Canada.

She said: "We were visiting a church that had a huge number of different cribs out for people to see.

"When our vicar asked for ideas to raise funds for the youth project, this seemed ideal.

"There has been a great response so far, about 50 different nativity scenes are on display - but there is still space for a few more!"

The smallest crib on display is just one quarter of an inch high, crafted from metal in the Rome.

Gran-of-five Audrey said: "You can hold it in your hand, whereas some of the others, like the ones displayed in churches today, have figures that are 3ft high."

One set from Canada has all the characters dressed as Eskimos, with fish being bought as gifts and penguins and polar bears taking the part of cows and sheep.

Also on display are tapestries, wall hangings and paintings of the Nativity, which has been a popular subject for artists since early Christian times.

Audrey, who lives in Saltburn with husband Eric, said: "This is a must see - it will remind people of the true meaning of Christmas."

The cribs exhibition runs from Friday to Wednesday December 10 in the Emmanuel Church, Windsor Road, Saltburn.

Entry is free, but visitors are invited to make a donation or buy a Christmas quiz sheet for a chance to win a crib carved with olive wood from Jesus' birth place, Bethlehem.

For more information, or to lend an unusual crib to the exhibition, call Audrey Norris on 01827 280940.


CHRISTMAS STORY: Audrey Norris with some of the cribs which will be on display in the Emmanuel Church, Saltburn, left, and the detail in one of the cribs, above Pictures by PETER REIMANN
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 2, 2008
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