Sunday, November 26, 2006
A sparkling start to Christmas
Father Christmas swapped his sleigh for a fire engine to arrive in style for the seasonal lights switch-on event. Despite the blustery, wet weather festivities began on Saturday morning when local bands took to the streets to perform Christmas carols.Youngsters enjoyed Punch and Judy shows in Station Square while shoppers were offered a variety of wares from a Christmas speciality market. Local primary schoolchildren gathered around the Christmas tree to perform carols before the lights were officially switched on. It was then up to Father Christmas to make his debut, as he travelled from the fire station in Leven Street, along Albion Terrace to the railway station.