Grimsby Minster was shaken to its very foundations on Saturday 7th December as the UK’s only heavy metal carol concert returned to the town.
Very Heavy Christmas is an event organised by individuals from a number of churches across North East Lincolnshire and raised money for YMCA Humber’s Sleep Easy campaign.
Over 250 people packed the church on the evening to enjoy festive-themed rock music from bands such as Metanoia, Colossus, Seaside Johnson, as well as punk poet Eagle Spits.
Local act Colossus kicked off the evening and soon had the patrons rocking in the aisles with their take on ‘Hark The Herald Angels Sing’.
Seaside Johnson, featuring YMCA relief support worker Richard Johnson, slowed things down with a psychedelic take on the crowd favourite, ‘Silent Night’.
Renowned punk poet Eagle Spits delivered some powerful and poignant Christmas messages before hosts Simon Cross, chaplain for Oasis Wintringham, and Revd George Smith, Curate for the Parish of Great and Little Coates with Bradley, encouraged young attendees to join together a series of ribbons to symbolise togetherness at Christmas and all times of the year.
The headline act for 2013 were Metanoia, a Pontefract-based rock band, who covered a number of popular songs, including Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Under the Bridge’ and the Animals’ ‘House of the Rising Sun’ but with a festive tinge.
Over £260 was raised for YMCA Humber’s Sleep Easy on the night, including a donation from the Christian Bikers’ Association, who are based in Lincolnshire.
Simon, who helped organise the event was delighted with the response to the concert.
He said: “After the event we were inundated with requests for another heavy metal carol service,” he said.
“People love to get together for carols at Christmas, and it seems they particularly love something like this, where we take the traditional format and give it a bit of an imaginative twist.
“We had all kinds of people along, teenagers, pensioners, families, bikers, punks, and vicars.
“We look forward to entertaining everyone each year, and to raising lots of cash for the homeless at Christmas time.”
For photos and videos from the event please visit https://www.facebook.com/veryheavychristmas.