Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

On Fri­day evening the crew and I were in Lee­ston for the an­nual Santa Pa­rade. I roped my Mum into driv­ing a truck we’d bor­rowed from a friend, and after many hours spent craft­ing and cut­ting news­pa­pers into some­thing re­sem­bling cloth­ing, we piled aboard and joined the crowds.

On Satur­day we were in Ash­bur­ton in the swel­ter­ing heat, but happy once again to be among the Christ­mas crowds. A longer pa­rade, with more par­tic­i­pants, but just as jovial as Lee­ston.

I’ve been part of a num­ber of Santa pa­rades over the years, and I can hon­estly say I’ve never been more im­pressed with the turnout, the com­mu­nity spirit, the fes­tive fun and the pure joy as I was this week­end.

It’s a great re­minder that we are part of real com­mu­ni­ties, and we are hon­oured to be wel­comed, waved at, and re­warded with smiles, hel­los and kind words.

It’s a won­der­ful time of year, and it was truly de­light­ful to be part of the be­gin­ning of the sea­son in our towns. See you again soon.

– Shan­non.

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