Appeal for a newborn lamb for unique Ripley nativity

Lambs arrive in time for a past nativity at the Old Farmyard in Riplye. Pictured are former Ripley pupils Jack Tilson and Tilly Gosling.
Lambs arrive in time for a past nativity at the Old Farmyard in Riplye. Pictured are former Ripley pupils Jack Tilson and Tilly Gosling.

Organisers of a unique Christmas nativity are appealing to farmers to loan them a newborn lamb for the special performance.

Performed by Ripley Primary School pupils, the play at the village’s Old Farmyard, will feature a supporting cast of animals, including calves, goats, sheep, shire horses and pigs.

Although lambs are traditionally born in spring, it is hoped one may have been born out of season so it can be included in the nativity scene.

Organiser Kate Smith, from The Old Farmyard, said: “I’m putting out an appeal for a newborn lamb to take part in the nativity. Hopefully it will be for the shepherds to carry up to the stable, failing that it will just be for the children to be able to see and hold. We try every year to get a sheep and a newborn lamb.”

The popular annual event, which draws crowds from across the Harrogate district, will take place on Friday evening (December 11).

Coffee and mince pies will be on sale and there will also be carol singing.

Father Christmas will make an appearance on a horse-drawn sleigh and hand out gifts to children.

Mrs Smith said: “It’s just a special evening for the children and they enjoy seeing the animals and Father Christmas.

“We’ve been doing it for well over 20 years and it’s just a very nice thing to do at Christmas. Quite a few people who come say it’s an annual highlight.”

Anyone with a newborn lamb should contact Anne Lawson, one of the organisers, on 07774 978760.