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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Snow tops town’s festivities

EGREMONT Christmas Fayre was filled with festive cheer after a surprise snow machine stole the show on Sunday.

It featured fireworks, reindeer, Santa, a lantern parade, carols, festive market and a wishing tree all along the town’s Main Street for a fun-filled afternoon.

Bigger and better than last year was the aim and, with double the amount of people and double the amount of stalls, the town succeeded.

Special guests included the mayor and mayoress of Copeland, Geoff and Sandra Garrity, and Pete Moss, from CFM, as well as Father Christmas visiting on his sleigh. There was also a lantern procession, including Minnie and Mickey Mouse.

Elaine Woodburn, of Egremont Amenity Committee, said: “It’s all gone really well and I think we’ve achieved what we set out to in making it bigger and better.

“We wanted to make it a real family event and I’m so glad to see there’s so much support, not just from Egremont but from other places too.

“We’ve had a great turn out with far more people than last year and it looks like Egremont is becoming a great place to be at Christmas.”

Mayor of Copeland, Geoff Garrity, said: “The event has been really well organised and there’s lots going on for everyone. I’ve been really impressed with the reindeer and of course I’ll be going to see Santa later too.”

Entertainment was be provided by Joanne Dougan’s Step by Step dancers, Moky, Whitehaven Theatre Group’s chorus and many other local music artists.

The big surprise of the day came after the carols had been sung as a large snow machine was unveiled. Shooting snow into the air and almost reaching the end of the street, the Christmas spirit was really brought to life.

Amy Wilson, from Egremont who ran a Christmas stall, said: “It’s been fantastic, we’ve done really well and there’s been far more people here than I expected.”

Janice Mounsey, from Drigg, said: “Everything here has been really good and I’ve been very impressed with how good the afternoon has been.”

Zoe Thompson, from Orgill, said: “It’s been a great afternoon and especially with bringing a family here. The entertainment has been really good for all of them.

“The reindeer, Santa and the fireworks have made it feel really Chirstmassy and they’ve done a great job organising everything.”

The winners of the children’s best Christmas poem and card design were announced and invited on to the main stage to be presented with their prizes. The winners were Emily Conway (Bookwell), Keira Cooper (Orgill), David McVeigh (St Bridget’s), Drew Stables (Moor Row) and Isla Lakey (Thornhill).

The infant schools were asked to design a Christmas card and the winners were Maisie Woodburn (Bookwell), Kyla Blight (Orgill), Shannon McAllister (St Bridget’s), Olivia Brown (Moor Row) and Ebony Crellin (Thornhill). Cansin Terler (Thornhill) and Olivia Skelton (Bookwell) won the Christmas programme design competition.

Sam Pollen, of the Egremont Amenity Committee, said: “It’s been fantastic, everyone has made a real effort and it’s been a great community event.

“We wanted this year to be all about the children and the community getting into the Christmas spirit and that’s exactly what it has been.”

The day ended with thousands of spectators lining the streets to view a spectacular fireworks display. The event was funded by organisations including NMP, Copeland Community Fund, Copeland Council and LLWR. The committee extended thanks to volunteers, local businesses, including Mayson Bros, as well as local schools.

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