What a day – Switch-on 2016 !

Yesterday was the best so far – thanks to all who helped to organise, run and entertain on this fantastic day. The stall holders and food were great, the fairground was fantastic and Santa was his usual super self.

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Here’s a brief story of the day ……

The day started with some rapid re-organisation as Santa had to move his Grotto from the Forum to the United Reformed Church, Committee members did all they could, including chalking, to make sure everyone knew where to go !

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Luckily the Fairground was in full swing ….

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… and all the stalls were busy trading, we had a lovely selection this year including gifts, fudge, candles, fudge and some lovely food and beverage …… did I mention there was FUDGE !

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We were blessed with some amazing entertainment during the day …. perhaps the highlight was the acrobat DJ Dave and his accompanying groovers from the Lights Committee …

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On a serious note we were very lucky to have Dudes & Divas, Reel Eire Irish Dancers, The Salvation Army Band and Sittingbourne’s Artistic Twirlers entertaining us in the Arena.

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Santa’s Grotto was a great hit and the Committee are very grateful to the Salvation Army for stepping in to allow us to host it in their hall after the Forum let us down at the last minute.

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As the day progressed the crowds grew in the High Street until we approached the time for the Santa’s Parade which included, Sittingbourne’s Carnival Court, The Dickensian Strollers, Characters from Dulcima’s Delights, The Artistic Twirlers and of course Santa himself.

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Those of our more observant supporters will notice that Santa’s Sleigh has had a bit of a makeover, many thanks are due to Al Dollimore, Dave Pratt, their friends and families and numerous local companies who have helped us resurrect the Sleigh. It now doesn’t have the noisy and dangerous generator on the back and is powered from 12V batteries. Hopefully it will give the Association many more years of service and bring delight to thousands more children.

This year’s lucky school for Switch-on was Kemsley Primary Academy and we were delighted to welcome their choir onto the stage just before Switch-on singing beautiful carols and Christmas songs.

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As 6:00 pm approached Santa arrived on Stage with his Elves, the Dickensian Strollers, Mother Christmas, the Carnival Court and the Mayor of Swale, Cllr Lesley Ingham. Most importantly our extra special guests from Kemsley Academy were with Santa to help him press the big button.

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Finally, Santa waited in the arena before rushing back to the North Pole to say hello to some of the children who were excitedly still at watching on…

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You all know, I’m sure that the Sittingbourne CHristmas Lights will not go up unless the volunteers get help and can raise enough funds to keep making them better. If you want to help us then get in touch to collect on Santa’s Sleigh rounds in December or perhaps just join the draw and have the chance of winning £125 per month.

Here’s to a great one….

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE !!

 

 

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