Michael Morpurgo in Boston on Friday

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Michael Morpurgo’s The Best Christmas Present in the World is being presented in concert at St Botolph’s Church, Boston, on Friday (7pm).

The moving 1914 Christmas truce story will be narrated by Michael Morpurgo and Virginia McKenna, with music by The Voices at the Door.

The former Children’s Laureate and War Horse author is to read from his short story, The Best Christmas Present in the World, at the event, described as a concert for the whole family and hosted by Waterstones in Boston.

The award-winning children’s writer will be accompanied by the renowned stage and screen actress Virginia McKenna and the six-piece acapella group Voices at the Door.

They will be singing Christmas carols from Britain, France and Flanders.

Directed by Simon Reade, The Best Christmas Present in the World is a moving short story about a young soldier named Jim and his personal account of the famous World War One Christmas truce of 1914 in which an unforgettable football match took place in No Man’s Land between the British and German troops.

For more information and to book tickets (£12), contact Waterstones in Pescod Square, Wide Bargate, Boston. Telephone 01205 360002.