How it all started...
In 2020, Doorstep Carols was broadcast on 35 local radio stations and covered by BBC Breakfast News, Channel 5, The One Show, and BBC Midlands Today and in national press. It led to amazing scenes of participation from individual streets and neighbourhoods up and down the country and raised tens of thousands of pounds for local and national charities.
The idea came from Katy Rink and Beth Heath in Shrewsbury, Shropshire who first persuaded their local radio station BBC Radio Shropshire to get on board to help spread some cheer during the Covid-19 pandemic.
They say: "It was amazing to see people having so much fun with their neighbours last year, people really went to town with firepits, fairylights, mulled wine and even street bands. We hope that with restrictions lifted this year (fingers crossed!) we hope whole communities will be able to join together in the street for Britain's biggest sing ever!
"Doorstep Carols 2021 will take place at 6pm, on Wednesday, 15th December and we'd love for you all to get involved. Why not make an event of it - or even turn it into the work Christmas party and raise some money for local charities. It's a wonderful new Christmas tradition that brings everyone together and we can really go to town this year!"
Doorstep Carols filming with The One Show in Mountfields, Shrewsbury in December 2020
The first ever Doorstep Carols - December 2020 - saw some wonderful scenes with people singing together across the nation.