On Monday 6 December the annual Blessing of the Crib took place in the Market Square in the centre of Leek, Staffordshire.

The event had been planned for the first Sunday of Advent, but the recent wintry weather forced a postponement.

There was great support from all the Christian Churches of Leek at this festive occasion.

The Salvation Army Band were present to lead the congregation in some uplifting and cheerful Christmas carols which were enjoyed by shoppers, onlookers and passers-by.