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Oak stands proud at nativity scene

Posted: 9th December 2013

Oak carved nativity scene

A nativity scene with a difference has been unveiled in Bamburgh, Northumberland, this weekend.

When Olympic medallist Brendan Foster switched on the village’s Christmas lights, a specially commissioned nativity was also illuminated outside the village church.

The life-sized figures of Mary, Joseph, three kings and a shepherd around the crib were crafted by wood carver Ross MacNeil, who used 8’x2’ pieces of Northumberland oak supplied by A&J Scott of Wooperton.


Ross, of Woodland Carvings, worked on the figures over a 2 month period. Ross has become an expert in animals and bird carvings and is thrilled with his first work creating figures.

Andrew Scott, Chairman at A&J Scott, said, “We supply a lot of oak in round form across the UK and internationally, and it’s a delight to see such well finished work so close to home using some of our local material”.

To find out more about Ross MacNeil, click here.