Inmates housed at the Winnipeg Remand Centre received a visit from a group of carollers Thursday night.
“Carolling With Conviction” brought out about 150 people to the facility at 141 Kennedy Street, made up of friends, families and some former prisoners. The group sang carols outside by candlelight before making their way to the Broadway Disciples United Church, where cookies and hot beverages were served.
“The holidays are a really, really rough time for people who are incarcerated,” said event organizer Jacquie Nicholson. “Everyone else is getting together with their families, and they (the inmates) are not.”
The carols performed were recorded and can be heard Christmas Day at 4 p.m. on CKUW 95.9 FM.
If the inmates didn’t hear the sounds of the season through the thick windows at the centre, they likely couldn’t miss seeing the fireworks going off outside. Shortly after the carollers left, someone set off several rounds of fireworks near the building.