Twin babies to star in live Nativity at country estate

Shoreham twins Lucas and Jake Cordingley SUS-141215-124450001
Shoreham twins Lucas and Jake Cordingley SUS-141215-124450001

THREE-month-old Shoreham twins have their first starring role – playing Jesus in a popular live Nativity.

Lucas and Jake Cordingley are one of two sets of Sussex twins chosen for the part in the annual Wintershall Nativity.

It’s not a walk-on part, there are no lines to learn, but the role will be the centre of attention for the packed audiences at Holly Barn, the theatre at Wintershall, near Cranleigh.

It will be a genuine Christmas experience, complete with hay manger, sheep and oxen munching nearby, kings arriving by horseback and shepherds bringing lambs.

Performances are today and tomorrow at 4.45pm and 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm and 5.30pm. Sharing the role of Jesus are Sam and Thomas Hodson, ten-month-old twins from Ashington.

Wintershall, which includes parkland and a livestock farm, is owned by Peter and Ann Hutley and the Nativity has been staged there for more than 20 years.

The Nutley’s home, in the stunning Surrey Hills countryside, is also the backdrop to powerful biblical productions and the Wintershall Players have received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The twins’ mum, Lucy Cordingley, said her boys will be in one performance each on Sunday, with her standing by in costume in the wings.

“They are very laid back but because they were born six weeks early, they are still sleeping a lot and really only just starting to wake up more,” she said.

“As long as they are fed, they will be fine.”

They were born 12 weeks ago at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester and were kept in for ten days but are doing well, added Lucy.

She became involved through the mum of a friend and had never been to Wintershall until a friend was married there this summer.

“We saw the barn and said how lovely it would be to go to the Nativity, then we were asked if the boys would actually be in it,” added Lucy.

It is a busy time for the family, as her other son will be two on Tuesday, two days before Christmas.