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Protesters camping outside St Paul's Cathedral did not let Christmas go unnoticed - attending a morning service, eating Christmas dinner and being treated to presents.

Members of Occupy London, who are protesting against cuts and saying ordinary people should not pay for the financial crisis, received a present from the Bishop of London as well as other wellwishers including Radiohead.

Supporter Naomi Colvin said she and other protesters had attended a Sung Eucharist at the cathedral on Christmas morning.

She added: "We didn't go as any sort of organised thing, just those who wanted to go,. It was really nice. We have had so many dealings with the cathedral and meet with members of the cathedral fairly often, but to see it used in that setting was quite something."

No special mention was made of Occupy London, according to Ms Colvin, but there may have been some "oblique" mention as it discussed praying for the poor, and the homeless.

She said: "The Bishop of London gave us a Christmas present - but we are waiting until later to open it. He came out of the cathedral after the service and came to say hello to everyone and have a Christmas present. We've got a few presents from various wellwishers and some quite well-known people - I think Radiohead have given us one."

Earlier this month, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke showed his support for the activists with a top-secret gig with 3D of Massive Attack.

Protesters also enjoyed Christmas dinner at the camp outside St Paul's.

Ms Colvin said: "There's been a meal made, some people have come down and brought turkeys and stuff, so we still get that. It's a different Christmas but it's still sort of a family Christmas in a way. It's been a very busy few weeks for all of us so it's a chance to sit down and relax and spend it together, like an extended family."

The campaigners have been camped in the courtyard of St Paul's since October 15. The group also occupies Finsbury Square in Islington, north London, as well as the "Bank of Ideas", an abandoned UBS-owned office block in Hackney, east London.

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