Shankill gets in the spirit of things as it celebrates ‘Christmas in the Village’
PUPPETEER Miriam Lambert was one of the highlights of this year’s ‘Christmas in the Village’ event in Shankill.
There were carnival rides, face painting and a kids’ fun zone.
The day also included market stalls as well as hot drinks, cakes and treats and Santa himself.
Children got to visit the big man, have a chat with him about what gift they would like on Christmas day and get a small gift for the time being.
There was a great turnout of people who wrapped up snugly on a cold day to enjoy all that Shankill has to offer.
The free puppet show was on no fewer than three times over the course of the afternoon to entertain the children.
Organisers the Shankill Business Group thanked everyone for getting involved and anyone who helped out in any way.
‘It couldn’t have happened without the help of so many,’ said a spokeswoman for the business group.
‘ Thank you to all the businesses, members of the community, groups and stall holders who helped with their kind donations, sponsorship, time and encouragement.’
Shankill Tidy Towns were there with their calendars for 2015, and the local scouts were also there on the day to help spread some festive cheer in their local community.
Meanwhile, another festive event will be taking place in Shankill next Saturday.
The community lantern walk will start from Crinken church at 5.30 p.m.
The walk will go around Shanganagh Park and back for a hot drink at Crinken. The walk is supported by the local churches of St Annes, Rathmichael and Crinken.
Na Cuala players Rory McMahon, Eamonn Moroney, Diarmuid O’Flynn and Tadhg Sheridan helping St Vincent de Paul at the Shankill ‘Christmas in the Village Day’.
Sam, Darragh, Rose, and Freddie Connolly.
Diarmuid McAree and Chris Daly from Shankill Tidy Towns.
Aaron Healy and Michael Hanlon.
Dee Clare and Fiona Watters.