Patten, Bob (speaker, male), Patten, Jacqueline (speaker, female)
O for a thousand tongues to sing is found as Sankey 462-3 known as The prodigals return, by John Newton. Anecdote about her father remembering the song. Carolling in the village. Her father standing on the cliff top in Beer hearing the fishermen in the bay because of the way that their voices carried. Mr Davey’s anecdote about how your voice carries in the bay. Mary Davey talks about the descendants of the old Beer fishermen. All the Miller’s and Chapel’s have passed on now except for Arthur Chapel but he joined the Navy. Norman Brinsom at Branscombe would know if there were a carolling tradition there. Lighting the Christmas tree outside the Mariners hall. There was never any instrumental accompaniment to the carols. Mr Davey talks about the Carol singing in the Dolphin and the Anchor in the 1950’s on Christmas morning and Boxing Day.
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