A wonderful seasonal start to Christmas will sound out when Sandwell’s mayor hosts the 126th annual Civic Carol Concert at West Bromwich Town Hall. And there'll be plenty of mince pies to tempt the taste buds during the interval. The popular concert, compered by the BBC’s Mike Wyer, features the Langley Band, Sandwell & District Scouts Choir and well-known singer Maggie O’Hara.

Sandwell Mayor, Councillor Barbara Price, hopes the concert on Saturday 12 December will help raise money for her charity, Acorns Children’s Hospice.

The concert starts at 7pm and promises a wonderful opportunity to get into the festive spirit. Tea, coffee and mince pies, kindly donated by Asda at Great Bridge, will be available during the interval.

Tickets cost £5 and are available by calling 0121 569 8276, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or asking at Sandwell Council House reception in Freeth Street, Oldbury.