By Kim Hardie

THE true spirit of Christmas came to HM Naval Base Clyde on Tuesday when the Big Sing for Christmas Carol Service was held in the Naval Base Chaplaincy.

Sailors, Marines and civilian personnel gathered in the Chaplaincy where there was the opportunity to enjoy bacon rolls, mince pies and a cuppa courtesy of Babcock, before joining colleagues in a seasonal sing-song.

As in previous years, the HMS Neptune Sportsdrome staff were right at the front in their Santa hats bringing some festive fun to the occasion. Their enthusiasm also helped the Naval Base Chaplains to boost audience participation.

The service was led by the Rev Tommy Goodwin, the Rev Mark Alsopp, Father Michael Maloney and the Rev

Mark Davidson, and Base staff raised their voices and joined them singing some of their favourite Christmas Hymns, including Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Away in a Manger.

It was also an opportunity to pause and think of the many Service personnel who will be serving during the Christmas period so the opportunity to come together to celebrate the season at HM Naval Base Clyde was particularly welcome.

In the photographs, the Rev  Tommy Goodwin leads the singing of Christmas carols with help from the HMS Neptune Physical Training Staff;  the Rev Mark Alsopp, the Tommy Goodwin, Father Michael Maloney and the Rev Mark Davidson lead the HMNB Clyde Carol Service, and military and civilian staff enjoy singing carols at the service.

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