EVEN the most meticulous planning can’t legislate for the weather.
But even though the wind blew, the rain lashed down and even snow fell on the crowds, Shaw’s Christmas Lights Switch-On for 2017 proved a winner.
Hundreds flocked onto Market Street for the fun and festivities, including musical entertainment from the Trolls, routines by Anna’s Dance, craft stalls and even donkey rides.
Organised in its entirety for the first time by Shaw and Crompton Events Group, secretary Sue Banks said of the evening fun and festivities: “In a word ‘wow.’
“Considering it was heavy rain, hail and even a flutter of snow the crowd was huge.
“The Market Street entertainment went down very well. And even though everyone was soaked they didn’t seem to mind.
“It was packed in Playhouse 2, perhaps because they were all keeping warm with the mulled wine. I believe it went ‘down’ very nicely.
“Some stalls on the Market did really well, and the little donkeys did as much as they reasonably could under the circumstances.
“Story-time at the Library was hugely popular,” added Sue. “We must have had between 60-70 little ones turn up – so much for keeping Santa’s visit a secret! They were all so excited shouting out his name out.
“It was great to see and the gifts (kindly donated by JD Williams) were well and truly appreciated by all.
“The Lifelong Learning Centre was a lovely dry, warm haven after the soaking on Market Street.
“Many people in there enjoyed refreshments while listening to St Joseph’s School Choir, who were excellent.
“‘Paint your Mate’ had lots of attention and of course ‘Santa’s Grotto ’ – his second gig of the night – was very well organised by his Elves.
“The children loved the ‘Golden Ticket’ theme and said it reminded them of the Willy Wonka Golden Ticket.
“I hope all children had a wonderful time and went home very happy with their fabulous presents.
“This was our first year at fully organising the Christmas Lights Switch-On and we had a few hiccups.
“But some people did make donations to the Events Group. So, I think they may want us to do it all again next year!”
For 2018, the Events Group will be planning a St. George’s Day event in April and looking at a possible further small event for the summer if fundraising allows.