YORKSHIRE shepherdess Amanda Owen is among the special guests joining award-winning musicians at Ripon Cathedral next month.

Ms Owen will be speaking at the much-celebrated Macmillan Ripon Carol Concert by Candlelight on Monday, December 9.

The evening will feature music from Aysgarth and Queen Mary’s School choirs alongside professional musicians and guest speakers, including BBC Racing’s Andrew Thornton and a reading by her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for North Yorkshire Jo Ropner.

The concert was first started in 1997 and was the brainchild of Lady Zetland, a previous president of Macmillan.

Now more than two decades later it is a much-talked about annual event and for many marks the start of their Christmas festivities.

Proceeds from the concert go to Macmillan Cancer Support and it has raised £382,802 for the charity over the years.

Tickets cost from £12.50, including a tipple of sloe gin and mince pies served in the cathedral crossing to round off the evening. Tickets are available at macmillanriponcarolconcert.co.uk.