HISTORY repeated itself this week as a young carpenter stepped in to allow a nativity to go ahead.
When organisers of the mayor's Christmas festival in Ellesmere Port couldn't find a stable or crib for the event, apprentice Daniel Carey answered their prayers.
The 16-year-old trainee put his woodworking skills into action with the help of colleague Ian Gray and the blessing of manager Ian Walker.
Town centre manager Lorraine Taylor said the mayor, Marie Lewis, had been to thank Daniel and his colleagues for their help.
'It was a real team effort and we're delighted with the result,' she said.
'This is the first time Ellesmere Port and Neston has had a live nativity and, even though we had the animals booked and the choirs ready, we had no stable or crib. For Daniel to step in at the 11th hour was just brilliant.'
The nativity is from 1-3pm tomorrow in Civic Square.
Primary school children singing carols will have the chance to win a £250 cash prize for their school, donated by McDonald's.
There will be more festive music from 3-5pm, followed by a lantern parade.