Celebrate Christmas with Argyle

THE Christmas spirit is coming to Home Park.

The Theatre of Greens will echo to the sounds of the season when Plymouth Argyle hosts its annual Christmas Carol Service, while the Pilgrims’ final home game before Christmas Day, against Doncaster Rovers, will also have a thoroughly festive feel.

The traditional open-air carol service takes place at the Devonport end of the ground on Tuesday, December 13 and is being led by the 100-strong Southwest Philharmonia & Chorus, one of the largest community orchestras in the South West.

The evening will also see Christmas contributions from several Argyle personalities, including the Sky Bet League Two leaders’ players, who will join in with the crowd on a selection of favourite Christmas carols, from Once in Royal David’s City to O Come All Ye Faithful.

The sound system and lighting for the evening is being provided by PL1events, the team behind Plymouth’s summer smash, MTV Crashes; the Argyle Angels will be there, too; and, of course, there will be a visit from Father Christmas.

Entry to the concert is free, via the large entrance gate at the Devonport end of Home Park, and there will be a collection for Derriford Hospital’s Gold Dust Appeal.

The Gold Dust Appeal is reaching its climax with its Christmas campaign. They have been overwhelmed by the generosity, efforts and goodwill of individuals, patients, colleagues, teams and businesses, supporting them every step of the way towards their target of raising £100,000 to create bright, exciting and welcoming wards for children and young people at Derriford Hospital.

They want just one more show of support for the appeal and are asking people to get involved in their Wrap It Up for Gold Dust Social Media Challenge, details of which can be found at www.plymouthhospitals.nhs.uk/wrap-it-up.

There will be more traditional Christmas carols and songs at Home Park on Saturday, December 10, when the Pilgrims entertain fellow League Two promotion hopefuls Doncaster Rovers.

The Plymouth Youth Concert Band will provide the music before the match and at half-time as Argyle head into Christmas by staging their biggest match of the campaign so far.