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Photos: Mayor of London’s Carol Service at Southwark Cathedral

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The Deputy Mayor of London Richard Barnes AM hosted the City Hall carol service at Southwark Cathedral on Tuesday night.

Mayor of London's Carol Service
Mayor of London's Carol Service (Photo: James O Jenkins)
Richard Barnes AM, Deputy Mayor of London
Richard Barnes AM, Deputy Mayor of London (Photo: James O Jenkins)
Canon Jane Steen
Canon Jane Steen (Photo: James O Jenkins)
Readers at Mayor's Carol Service
PC Stephen Holt, David Doyle from London Fire Brigade, Ravi Kalsi of Transport for London, Mike Bray and Ralph Farrugia of the London Ambulance Service (Photo: James O Jenkins)
London Gay Men's Chorus
London Gay Men's Chorus (Photo: James O Jenkins)

The Mayor of London's Carol Service, now in its second year, was notable for the absence of Boris Johnson who was attending the Copenhagen climate change summit.

This year music was provided by the London Gay Men's Chorus. "As Singing Ambassadors for the gay community, we are especially pleased to be taking part in this Carol Service as part of our ongoing relationship with the GLA," says chairman Anthony Fordham.

The theme of the event was 'Service to Londoners', in recognition of the work of the police, the fire service, ambulance and nursing staff, as well as the armed forces – all of whom were represented at the service.

Readers at the service included PC Stephen Holt from Bermondsey's Grange ward Safer Neighbourhood Team, and Jennette Arnold OBE AM, deputy chair of the London Assembly.

Jane Steen, Canon Chancellor of Southwark Cathedral, gave the welcome, bidding prayer and blessing.

• The London Gay Men's Chorus will be giving a free performance in the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall this Sunday.

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