Three camel riders wearing bright clothing as if they were kings were heading eastwards on 22 December following a star, but were distracted by the bright lights of the North Swindon shopping centre.
The diversion was not part of the instructions given to them by an angels but they were still in need of precious gifts and they thought they might be able to barter for gold, frankincense and myrrh, and discuss with the local people if they had heard about the coming of a special holy person.
But the majority of people were too busy pursuing the need to stock up on gifts, food and drink for the party season to talk to them. Nevertheless some, particularly children, were fascinated by the fact that camels don’t often appear in North Swindon. Most people turn up in metal boxes on circular black wheels.
Yet the three kings did come across members of North Swindon Baptist Church who seemed to know something of the future and were able to tell people of the coming of a christ child who would be proclaimed by many as the king of kings. They told their story to the people and wove the camels and their riders in exotic garments into their tale before they rode on.
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