Sheffield leads and others follow
Sheffield has a long tradition of carol singing in pubs. It came about when the church authorities decided to issue their new book Hymns Ancient and Modern but in so doing threw out a lot of old favourites. They said that as they weren't in the new book they couldn't be sung in church. Yorkshiremen voted with their feet and took the old songs over the road to the pub and sang them there instead. And they still do. The result is that carols which have been forgotten in other parts of the country continue to be sung in and around Sheffield and a few other places such as Padstow and in parts of Kent.
They continue from mid November until 1st January. Some are accompanied by a musical instrument, or several instruments, and some are a cappella. For a taste, here is one:
They begin tonight in Ecclesfield.