Right from the start when the crowds gathered the anticipation that the evening was to be special was in the air – and the light rain was having no effect on the fun.
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Some had said the last few years had lost its sparkle but it was right back here tonight as the town’s seasonal festivities got underway and Whitchurch’s growing community spirit rang out. The town is back on track with a bang!
While the growing crowds waited carols were sung, music rang out, and there were smiles everywhere.
As the seconds ticked down to 6.00pm the crowds mingled in anticipation, then from the Town Hall appeared Peter Pan (Waterloo Road actor Ben-Ryan Davies) and the Town Mayor and Mayoress Cllr Barry Jackman and his wife Sandra. Ten – nine – eight went the chant. With a cheer the plunger was depressed and the lights were on!
Fun and excitement everywhere
The scrolls for the Fairytale Competition were revealed in the shops, mulled wine from H’s was toasted, and children’s eyes hunted for the white mice. Santa’s Grotto in Kingsleys, face painting in the Newbury, the Craft Fair at the Gill Nethercott Centre and the singers at the Silk Mill, all saw eager young faces full of excitement. Songs rang out, decorations twinkled and the community again came together.
With the new impetus provided by Pauline Choppen of the Bridal Shop and backed by the enthusiasm of the Town Mayor, many other traders and helpers and the promotion through this website, Whitchurch has certainly seen the best attended Christmas evening in recent memory.
Christmas is for children and if you were an adult, tonight took you back to your youth – who could not feel that childhood happiness as they watched the toy train in Dowlings window or saw the wonderful display in Clacy’s window, or the diorama in the Barbers.
Yes, Christmas had begun. Ring out the bells, and hang the decorations.
We will be putting a gallery of more pictures up in due course.