Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion more than just the pa­rade

Bush Telegraph - - TRADES AND SERVICES DIRECTORY - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Woodville turned on a gor­geous day for one of its busiest town events — the An­nual Christ­mas Pa­rade. It was one which in­cor­po­rated four dif­fer­ent at­trac­tions — the 1RNZIR Char­ter Pa­rade, the Christ­mas Pa­rade, the Coast to Coast Mo­tor­bike Rally and Christ­mas in the Park.

At 11.30am the High­land pipe Bands led a colour­ful Christ­mas Pa­rade down a packed Vo­gel Street. Rugby Park was the as­sem­bly point.

Close on its heels came hun­dreds of mo­tor­cy­cles as the Coast To Coast Rally timed its ar­rival from Hi­matangi.

Every­onemoved to the Vo­gel Street shops and stalls and stalls in Foun­taine Square.

The Vo­gel street stalls and food shops did well al­most as well as the Mad Hat­ter Day when rain drove vis­i­tors un­der shel­ter.

With mas­sive blow-up chal­lenges for the kids as a spec­tac­u­lar back­drop, close to 30 stalls in Foun­taine Square were flat out sell­ing toys, plants, bis­cuits, Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions, fra­grances, clothes, an­tiques and wood-burn­ers made from re­cy­cled gas bot­tles.

Food tents sold sausages and pan­cakes, pies and donuts, piz­zas and sweets — plenty to sus­tain the crowd over lunch.

Santa Claus and Mother Christ­mas met chil­dren in the ro­tunda, the army brought two Light Army Ve­hi­cles from Lin­ton and other weaponry for dis­play and Woodville Lions were busy cater­ing for the Coast to Coast riders.

It was a fes­tive oc­ca­sion show­ing Woodville at its best.

Santa Claus hitched a ride on a vin­tage fire en­gine.

Fa­ther and Mother Christ­mas with ca­nine friends joined the Dan­nevirke Brass Band in the Foun­taine Square ro­tunda.

Snoopy flew in late in his Sop­with Camel just in time to catch the pa­rade.

Foun­taine Square was full of peo­ple, en­ter­tain­ment and stalls.

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