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Felixstowe crib festival raises charity cash

A two-day festival featuring scores of cribs from all round the world was held at St Felix Catholic Church, Felixstowe, and raised £660 in aid of seafarers’ charity Stella Maris.

Parishioners and local people were asked to bring in their cribs with a note explaining how they acquired them and what memories they evoked – and almost 100 cribs were contributed.

Many church-goers at St Felix have international connections, so various parts of the globe were represented.

Julian Wong, local port chaplain for Stella Maris, attended to thank organisers who were headed by parishioner Barbara Lamberton. The mayor of Felixstowe, Sharon Harkin, also visited the festival.

Stella Maris, originally Glasgow Apostleship of the Sea, was formed in 1920 to support seafarers in need. Today, it is the largest ship-visiting network in the world, offering practical and pastoral support, information and a friend in times of need.

Fr John Barnes, parish priest, said: “There was an amazing variety of cribs on show. Many people worked hard to make the festival the success it deserves to be.”

Pictured above at the crib festival are from the left, Fr John Barnes, Sharon Harkin and Barbara Lamberton. Picture by Fiona Badcock.