Centuries-old tradition is alive and well

An ancient tradition will be continued by the choir of Market Harborough’s St Dionysius Church on Easter Eve this Saturday.

Centuries ago, former churchwarden and gardener William Hubbard, of Factory Lane, Harborough, left instructions in his will that the parish church’s choir should sing the Easter Hymn – Jesus Christ is Risen Today – around his graveside at St Mary in Arden every Easter Eve.

In recognition of it, he bequeathed one guinea annually to the singers.

The 229-year-old tradition has been continued ever since its inception in 1786.

In more recent years, the singing has been accompanied with a short service and it has now developed into a spectacle which the public is invited to.

This Saturday the service at the graveyard, in Great Bowden Road, begins at the slightly earlier time of 5pm.

All are welcome.