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Leicester: On their way

21 December 2012

THE new crib figures are steadily travelling to Leicester Cathedral, sometimes together, sometimes separately, to arrive in time for the crib service on Christmas Eve. Hand-carved from oak by Charles Currey, from York, and half life-size, they are a significant new art commission. So far, there is only one shepherd, and one king, but the cathedral hopes to have raised enough money for a full complement of both by next Christmas.

They started their journey in a coffee shop in the city, then the king visited Leicester Grammar School while the Holy Family went on to Leicester City Football Club. They have since taken part in several carol services, "as silent witnesses to the coming love and peace of Advent".

The Chancellor of the cathedral, Canon David Monteith, says that "to have such a work of art for Leicester brings beauty to our austerity. The Christmas story will now be seen as well as heard."

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