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Peace flame burns bright.

A FLAME for peace brought all the way from Bethlehem will once again be flickering on Teesside.

Now in its 22nd year, the peace light will be distributed by scouts at a carol service in Stockton.

The carol singing gets under way tomorrow at 1.30pm at Dodshon's Fountain in the High Street where the mayor, Councillor John Fletcher, will be joined by the St John's Ambulance Band and the Stockton Male Voice Choir.

The mayor will then lead the procession to Stockton Parish Church for the main service. The church will be open for anyone who would prefer to wait inside.

The peace light from Bethlehem is organised by the Scout movement in many countries who enable the light to travel throughout Europe and beyond.

Cllr Fletcher said: "The peace light is available to all who want to be able to receive the light, and take it back to their own churches, places of worship or homes, and who also wish to take part in distributing a symbol of peace and believe in bringing light into darkness.

"It would be helpful if people could bring along a suitable receptacle to take the light away, like a lantern."

People are advised to dress warmly for the service as due to the breakdown of the church boiler, the building may not be heated.

The carol service is free and open to everyone. Children are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

For more information contact the mayor's office on 01642 528161 or email
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 18, 2008
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