First Advent Window is opened (with video)

The first Advent Window was opened in Stone today at Tim Toft Violins in Station Road – with the event going out on Radio Stoke.

Mayor Rob Kenney and Advent Windows organiser Pam Pott opened the first window – which has been decorated to the theme of Christmas carol Hark The Herald Angels Sing. Over the next three weeks or so a different window will be revealed each day before a Christmas Eve carol parade will take place.

Staff from Tim Toft Violins had obviously chosen a musical display, with music stands and instruments alongside beautiful illustrations and Christmas decorations.

About 50 people braved the freezing temperature and snowy conditions to see the window unveiled before singing the first verse of Hark The Herald. Many children had their Advent Windows map cards. All youngsters who get their card stamped at each of the shops and businesses taking part will get a small gift at the final window unveiling on Christmas Eve at Christ Church. Look out for the map cards around the town centre.

Click here to listen to Radio Stoke’s coverage of the event, which is available until 1pm on Wednesday 8th December. Fast-forward to 2:33 for the Advent Windows report.

Click here to see a list of all the shops, businesses and organisations taking part.

Organiser Pam Pott is looking for musicians and singers to form a core group of carol performers on Christmas Eve. If you’d like to be involved, send an email to or call David Pott on 07932 790525. Click here for more information.

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