Bay Roberts opens Fes­ti­val of Lights

The Compass - - OPINION - PHO­TOS AND TEXT BYNICHOLASMERCER

It was a chilly night on the Wil­bur Sparkes Recre­ation Com­plex on Nov. 27 as Bay Roberts opened its 16th an­nual Fes­ti­val of Lights. Hun­dreds of peo­ple crowded onto the ball field in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the light­ing of the Christ­mas Park. It has be­come an event res­i­dents look for­ward to once the cal­en­dar turns to Novem­ber. On this evening, town coun­cil­lors served pip­ing hot choco­late and mem­bers of the As­cen­sion Col­le­giate choir pro­vided mu­sic en­ter­tain­ment, while Mayor Philip Wood and Port de Grave MHA Glenn Lit­tle­john brought greet­ings on be­half of the town and dis­trict. How­ever, that was all sec­ondary when the event’s spe­cial guest ar­rived. Chil­dren dashed to the back of the field as Santa made a spe­cial ap­pear­ance from the North Pole. Santa high­fived the chil­dren who swarmed to meet him, their smiles al­most as bright as the fire­works that flashed over­head.

Santa Claus is swarmed by ex­cited chil­dren at the Fes­ti­val of Lights open­ing in Bay Roberts on Nov. 27.

Mem­bers of the Asen­sion Col­le­giate choir pro­vided the mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment of the open­ing.

Bay Roberts coun­cil­lors Dean Franey (left) and Wade Oates serve up hot choco­late.

Th­ese four young girls are all smiles as they en­joy their hot choco­late at the Fes­ti­val of Lights open­ing in Bay Roberts on Nov. 27. They are, from left, Alisha Dwyer, Beth Ed­munds, Olivia Mor­gan and Zoe Dixon.

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