Sea­sonal warmth beats the chill

A bumper crowd de­fied the el­e­ments and turned out for the New Nor­folk Christ­mas Pa­rade and Mar­ket on Satur­day

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - SHAUN McMANUS

A BUMPER crowd has de­fied the el­e­ments and lined the streets for the an­nual New Nor­folk Christ­mas Pa­rade and Fair.

Casey Far­rell, chair of the event’s com­mit­tee, es­ti­mated about 1700 peo­ple had at­tended the pa­rade on Satur­day, up al­most 50 per cent on last year.

New Nor­folk res­i­dent Stacey Al­dous walked in the pa­rade with her two-year-old daugh­ter, So­phie, with the Ptu­narra Child and Fam­ily Cen­tre group.

“There were so many peo­ple there, it was re­ally great for the com­mu­nity to see so many peo­ple out and about,” Mrs Al­dous said.

“It was great for the kids and it was re­ally fun.”

Mr Far­rell was pleased with how well the whole day turned out.

“It would have been re­ally nice if there hadn’t been so much wind in the af­ter­noon, but . . . it was a re­ally good day,” Mr Far­rell said.

“We’ve lived up to stan­dard we set last year, we’ve ex­ceeded that again this year, and so I’m hope­ful peo­ple’s ex­pe­ri­ences will again spread the pos­i­tiv­ity and that we’ll see sim­i­lar growth next year.”

Mr Far­rell said the fair at­tracted about the same num­ber of peo­ple as last year.

“The mar­ket was fan­tas­tic be­cause we took up a lot more space in Arthur Square than last year, we re­ally spread it out,” he said. “We had a re­ally in­ter­est­ing mix of stall­hold­ers.”

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