A MUCH-LOVED event, which for many people in Oxfordshire is the pinnacle of their holiday celebrations, will no longer take place in its original form.

The traditional Mummers Play in Wantage, which has ancient origins, has been happening in a revived form for more than 40 years and for many it is an integral part of their Christmas routine.

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But because of strict Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings, the annual performance in Market Place, which is normally attended by hundreds of theatre lovers, would not be permitted this year.

Instead – to keep their loyal fans happy – the Wantage Mummers have filmed an online version of the play, which will be available from 10am on Boxing Day, which is when the actors normally begin their performance in Faringdon.

The play can be found on their website www.wantagemummers.co.uk but this year proceeds from the festive cheer will be supporting the Covid -19 NHS Charities Together organisation.