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Ripon volunteers host 'Carols by Candlelight' at Swinton Park

Ripon volunteers hosted a 'Carols by Candlelight' event at Swinton Park earlier this month in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Ripon volunteers have hosted a 'Carols by Candlelight' event at Swinton Park in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research. Organised by the charity’s Ripon Volunteer Group, guests were treated to a performance of Christmas carols by candlelight in the stately home’s library and gallery. Bridget Taylor-Connor, Chair of the group, said:

"We’re so grateful to the Earl and Countess of Swinton for giving us the opportunity to host this wonderful event. "Everyone who attended was really generous, and we’d like to thank everyone who supported us and helped make the evening so successful."
[caption id="attachment_21939" align="aligncenter" width="2560"] Yorkshire Decibelles, singing carols at Swinton Park (Image: Pow/jp@jonathanpow.com)[/caption] The carols were sung by the 'Yorkshire Decibelles' - a female vocal group who perform across North Yorkshire, and 'Yorkshire Voices' - a chamber choir of local professional singers. Both groups are led by Ruth Sladden, who is the first female Lay Clerk at Ripon Cathedral. Bridget continued:
"It was a privilege to have the choirs perform to help raise funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research. "From the carol singing lit by candles, to the procession through the gallery to the dining hall, to the wonderfully lit Christmas tree, it was all delightful and very atmospheric."
[caption id="attachment_21934" align="aligncenter" width="2560"] Carols by Candlelight at Swinton Park (Image: Pow/jp@jonathanpow.com)[/caption] As well as the performance, the evening included a sit-down meal, a raffle and a silent auction - which included items such as golf lessons, watercolour paintings and guided tours of Swinton Park. The evening is one of many events hosted by the Ripon Volunteer Group which was first formed in 1975 and has since raised more than £500,000 to help fund research in Yorkshire. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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