It’s time for those pub carols again…

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LOCAL carols are to start ringing out again in pubs in the Sheffield area from this weekend.

Just as traditional are the queues outside one of the focal points, The Royal in Dungworth, a village high on the moors in the north of Sheffield, waiting for the singing to start at noon on the first Sunday after Armistice commemorations. Sessions continue every Sunday until after Boxing Day.

The local carol-singing tradition that flourishes in villages in and around Sheffield attracts visitors from across the country and even abroad.

Carols, some with local names and some with tuneful variations on well-known carols, can be heard echoing from packed pubs in places such as Worrall, Wharncliffe Side, Lodge Moor, Ecclesfield, Grenoside and Oughtibridge and in some Derbyshire villages.

Wider interest has been generated recently by Barnsley folk singer Kate Rusby, who this week released her second collection of carols. While Mortals Sleep (Pure Records) is a further celebration of a tradition that has been passed from generation to generation.

Carols include Little Town of Bethlehem, Shepherds Arise, Diadem, Joy To The World, Holmfirth Anthem and Kris Kringle, and the CD is a follow-up to Sweet Bells.

The Kate Rusby Band, joined by a brass section, goes on a Christmas tour and includes a concert at the Winding Wheel in Holywell Street, Chesterfield, on December 7.