With the festive season well and truly here, one of the most loved and celebrated pubs in Stroud, The Prince Albert, is all set to welcome back their ‘Unusual Carol Singers’ for their 21st year.
In a bumper edition of the popular annual event, The Prince Albert has been granted a road closure permission for the top of Walkley Hill, to be able to gather even more people in a COVID secure way to join in the free festivities between noon and 3pm on Sunday, December 12th.
Starting out in 2000, a small group of The Prince Albert regulars ‘drinkers with a singing problem’ started up the Prince Albert Carol Consortium (PACC) to bring carols with a difference, hitherto sung only in specific pubs in Sheffield and Derbyshire, to the singing and drinking enthusiasts of Rodborough. These unusual carols are not well-known because they were kicked out of the churches by the Victorian clergy who considered them too jolly to be properly reverent. The PACC has been singing these exuberant tunes with robust words to match, every Christmas, except during the last lockdown year, for the past 21 years.
The PACC has no official members – it is whoever turns up on the day and is truly for everyone . Song sheets are available on the day and music scores are available online http://www.albertcarols.uk Growing in attendance and popularity over the past two decades, no singing experience is necessary and all are welcome, from those who are keen to sing at the top of their lungs, to those who might just fancy grabbing a mulled wine and joining in for the odd chorus or two.
Lotte and Miles from The Prince Albert, said: “We look forward to the Unusual Carols event every year and are so pleased that with the road closure, a way to host the day has been found allowing everyone to be safe AND belt the songs out with the revellers singing in the road. Knowing that there will be space for all to come, to see each other and sing together, but also to keep their distance with the new variant on the march, makes us very happy and well prepared. This is always such a friendly event and the whole community loves it, from the families that come every year to the dog walkers walking by and stumbling across us.”
In addition to the singing celebrations, The Prince Albert will be offering up their customary warm welcome with their delicious stone-baked pizzas fresh from their outdoor oven, a constant supply of mulled wine ready to warm up the vocal cords, a roaring fire indoors, sustainable, local Christmas trees for sale, and a panto ‘Follow the Star’ for all the family at 3.30pm from Robbie Humphries, winner of Stroud Song Contest.