Shankill gets in the spirit of things as it cel­e­brates ‘Christ­mas in the Vil­lage’

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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.

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