WHEN Jesus was born outside the Dolphin pub on Saturday, Newport Pagnell shoppers took it all in their stride.
For the tableau was part of the town’s real-life nativity procession organised by Churches Together – which even recruited a real donkey.
Mary, aka Kerry Crowster, and Joseph, played by Chris Boddington, walked along the High Street with tame Pepsi in tow.
They knocked on the door of historic coaching inn, The Swan Revived, only to be told there was no room.
They were similarly turned away from the Canon and the Plough pubs before striking it lucky at the Dolphin.
Reverend Jenny Mills, minister of Newport Pagnell’s United Reformed Church, said: “They kindly provided a manger, into which Jesus was born wrapped in swaddling robes.”
Crowds of shoppers stopped to watch the nativity and listen to the narration provided by young people from the churches joint drama group Cross Purposes.
“People joined in singing carols and it was a lovely atmosphere,” said Jenny.
“We wanted to retell the Christmas story in a live and accessible way. There is so much commercialisation surrounding Christmas - we wanted to bring it back to basics.
“It was perfect. And Pepsi was a star.”