Nearly three hundred people made it through the snow last night (Monday 11 December) to attend the Christmas Carol Concert held by Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service.
The service at Leicester Cathedral was attended by members of the public as well as serving and retired officers, staff and their families. The collection from the service will be shared between two charities – Leicester Children’s Holiday Centre and Cardiac Risk in the Young which was chosen by the family of PC Austin Jackson who sadly died on duty in March.
PC Austin’s wife and four children were at the service along with the Lord Lieutenant Lady Gretton, the Chief Constable Simon Cole QPM, the Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, Steve Lunn, the High Sheriffs of Rutland and Leicester, Tiff Lynch from Leicestershire’s Police Federation and the Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach.
Guests were welcomed by The Very Revd. David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, and Leicestershire’s Cadets held a Guard of Honour. The congregation joined the choir in singing carols and enjoyed readings by the Chief Constable Simon Cole, PC Reg Varney who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours, DC Tony Gale from the Christian Police Association, Steve Lunn, Chief Fire and Rescue Officer and Rick Taylor, Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer.
Simon Cole, Chief Constable for Leicestershire Police said: “Last night’s service was particularly poignant as we had been working very closely all day with our colleagues from the fire service at a major incident in Birstall which caused significant damage to a house and neighbouring properties. I was also touched that we were joined by Austin Jackson’s wife, Simone, and their four children and that we were able to raise money for a charity that is important to them. It was a moving and uplifting service followed by hot drinks and mince pies, it was a really lovely evening.”
Adding to the poignancy of the occasion it was the Chief Fire Officer’s penultimate day at work before retiring. Steve Lunn, said: “It was a great honour to once again be part of last night’s carol service at Leicester Cathedral alongside Leicestershire Police. I was touched by the sheer number of people who did their utmost to attend in the adverse weather so I would like to thank everyone who managed to attend. It was a moving evening, and we hope everyone enjoyed it.”
Source:: Leicestershire Police News