The crowds had gathered to cheer in the beginning of Christmas in Whitchurch and to see the push of the plunger which would set the lights sparkling.
There had been wonderful festive singing by children from both the Whitchurch Primary School and Testbourne, setting the scene for this annual tradition.
The plunger drops
“Five-Four-Three-Two-One” and with a push and a shove by Cinderella the plunger dropped and the lights shone out over the Square.
Best Decorated Window
Earlier, judging had taken place for the Best Decorated Window and with great aplomb he announced the winners.
In reverse order they were:
THIRD: Dowlings Shoe Shop
SECOND: ECM Joinery
wait for it…
the winner for 2013 who will receives the coveted shield for a year
FIRST: The Whitchurch Scouts Group in the Charity Shop.
Congratulations for their fine decoration.
Around the town
Meanwhile face painting took place in the Newbury Building Society and Santa enthralled youngsters in Kingsleys; Hot Mulled Wine was served from H’s Coffee Shop and the Methodist Church provided warm refreshments.
There was much seasonal cheer down at the Mill with craft people showing their wares while mulled cider and a hog roast were also enjoyed by many. Two years ago the Silk Mill was in darkness on this evening, but what a turnaround under its new go-ahead regime.
Across the river in the Gill Nethercott Centre the hall was packed will all kinds of Christmas gifts, while warming refreshments staved of any winter chill.
Whitchurch has certainly welcomed in Christmas.
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(more to follow)