Fes­tive sea­son sights, sounds

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE -

CHRIST­MAS is just around the cor­ner, and the Der­went Val­ley is gear­ing up to cel­e­brate in style.

Carols, pa­rades, mar­kets, vis­its with Santa and more are planned for the re­gion in the lead-up to the big day.

First up, the Li­ons Der­went Val­ley Com­mu­nity Carols in the Park will be held at Tyn­wald Park at New Nor­folk on Fri­day from 5pm.

“We’ve got chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, we’ve got face paint­ing, we’ve got the Sal­va­tion Army bring­ing their jump­ing cas­tle, we’ve got the PCYC com­ing along,” or­gan­iser Greg Hud­son said.

“That will go un­til about 7pm, and then we’ve got some pre­lude mu­sic ... and then the carols will start about 7.307.45pm and Fa­ther Christ­mas will ar­rive and treat the chil­dren.”

The New Nor­folk Christ­mas Pa­rade and the Ro­tary Christ­mas Fair will be held on Satur­day.

The pa­rade will start at noon, run­ning from the Arthur Square end of High St, up the length of High St, around Cir­cle St, and fin­ish­ing back at Arthur Square about 1pm.

About 25 floats will take part in the pa­rade, with com­mu­nity groups, per­form­ing arts groups, dancers, singers, bands, and school groups rep­re­sented.

The mar­ket will run from 10am-3pm at Arthur Square.

There will be about 45 stalls, rang­ing in fo­cus from crafts and food to kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties and Christ­mas gifts.

Christ­mas Pa­rade and Fair Com­mit­tee chair Casey Far­rell said prepa­ra­tions were go­ing well.

“I’m extremely ex­cited and very much look­ing for­ward to the day, it’s go­ing to be great fun, it al­ways is great fun on the day and we’re hop­ing that the weather holds out,” Mr Far­rell said.

“It’s a real op­por­tu­nity for New Nor­folk to shine and for us to come to­gether and do some­thing as a com­mu­nity and for the com­mu­nity.

“We’ve done a lot more pro­mo­tion out­side of New Nor­folk this year, so we’re hope­ful to bring even more peo­ple into the town for the day and give them a taste of what life’s like in the Der­went Val­ley.”

Lo­cal group New Nor­folk Christ­mas is help­ing to in­vig­o­rate High St dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

Ni­cola Roule­ston, who owns Big Red Box in High St, said New Nor­folk Christ­mas had or­gan­ised an ini­tia­tive called Selfies with Santa.

“It’s re­ally giv­ing fam­i­lies the op­por­tu­nity to come and use their own cam­eras to take pho­to­graphs, so there’s no charge to get a snap with Santa,” Ms Roule­ston said.

Santa will be in res­i­dence for Selfies with Santa at Santa’s House from Mon­day un­til Christ­mas Eve, not in­clud­ing Sun­days, be­tween 11am and 3pm.

Santa’s House is in the Melody House build­ing in High St.

There will also be vol­un­teers at Santa’s House man­ning a gift-wrap­ping sta­tion.

Wrap­ping will be $2, with all funds go­ing to the char­ity Share the Dig­nity.

Three stall­hold­ers from the week­end mar­ket will be out­side the coun­cil cham­bers on Satur­day to help stretch the pa­rade and mar­ket along the length of High St.

“We’ve got the baker, lo­cal pro­duce, and a cake stall out­side the coun­cil cham­bers so that peo­ple will hope­fully wan­der High St, be­cause those three stall­hold­ers are very pop­u­lar within the Satur­day mar­ket,” Ms Roule­ston said.

The Der­went Val­ley Con­cert Band will per­form at Lees Cor­ner on Christ­mas Eve.

Pic­ture: PA­TRICK GEE

CAR­OLLING CREW: Mem­bers of the Der­went Val­ley Con­cert Band hit­ting the high notes ahead of the Der­went Val­ley Christ­mas Carols are — back, from left, Ge­off Rayner and El­lie Hay­ton; front, Amanda, Oliver, 6, and Re­bekah James, 10.


SANTA’S HELPERS: Geared up for the New Nor­folk Christ­mas Pa­rade and Fair on Satur­day are Lin Hop­kins, left, and Michael and Sue Far­ley.

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