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Great Western Railway starts countdown to Christmas with some multicultural carolling

Great Western Railway (GWR) is welcoming carollers from across the country to sing at the stations it serves, bringing some Christmas cheer to rail travellers over the next week.

Passengers travelling through London Paddington between 1600 and 1800 on Saturday 3 December will be treated to the sounds of the Ethnic Indian Marathi Community singing traditional carols in Hindi and Marathi, bringing a unique and colourful spin on an age-old Christmas custom.

More than 80 members of the South Asian group, made up of rail and NHS colleagues from across the UK, including Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester, will be dressed in traditional Indian dress as they sing classic western carols and traditional Indian songs.

GWR Customer Ambassador, Madhuri Kulkarni, who is based at Paddington station and part of the group, came up with the idea as a way of bringing together the communities GWR serves.

Madhuri said:

“Christmas is a time for all communities to celebrate being together with friends and family, especially after a tough couple of years being kept apart.

“Singing traditional carols while we wear our traditional dress brings together two cultures to create the most uplifting atmosphere.

“We hope our singing will bring a smile to the faces of everyone who is passing through Paddington, whether they’re visiting friends and family, or just doing a bit of Christmas shopping.”

Madhuri has also organised carols to be performed over two days at Reading station, with singers from Greyfriars Church performing tomorrow (Friday 2 December) from 1730 to 1830, and the Ethnic Indian Tamil Community entertaining customers from 1800 to 2000 on Saturday 10 December.

Contact Information

John Carter

Media and Communications Manager

Great Western Railway

0845 410 4444

07715 040424

Notes to editors

Media invite
Where: Reading Station
When: Friday 2 December
Time: 1730 - 1830

Where: Main Concourse London Paddington
When: Saturday 3 December
Time: 1600 - 1800

Where: Reading Station
When: Saturday 10 December
Time: 1800 - 2000

Please email to confirm attendance

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