Crowds greet­ing Santa

Stratford Press - - Front Page - By ILONA HANNE

The sun and the crowds were out on Fri­day night for the Strat­ford Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion Christ­mas pa­rade.

SBA chair­per­son Ash Row­land says over 2000 peo­ple came out to watch the pa­rade.

“The light­ing of the Christ­mas Tree and the mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment were also well at­tended after the Christ­mas Pa­rade and en­joyed by all who went.”

She is pleased the event went well, and she was par­tic­u­larly pleased to see ev­ery­one fol­low­ing the “honour the line” rule for safety dur­ing the pa­rade.

Ash says the vol­un­teer mar­shalls did an out­stand­ing job, with SBA mem­bers, Strat­ford Cricket Club and the Ro­tary Satel­lite Club of Strat­ford on the night.

A to­tal of 33 groups par­tic­i­pated in the pa­rade this year, with 16 floats reg­is­tered.

Ash says the SBA is grate­ful to all who got in­volved.

“Without these peo­ple there would be no pa­rade.”

Mayor Neil Volzke, deputy mayor Alan Jamieson, coun­cil­lor Webby and Youth Coun­cil chair­per­son, Con­nor Giblin judged this year’s floats and after de­lib­er­a­tion named BestS­tart Strat­ford as the top float of the year. Sec­ond place went to Robin­son Elec­tri­cal and third place to Cook’s Honda. The Best School float ti­tle went to Strat­ford High School.

■ See this week’s photo page on page 26, and check out our photo al­bum on­line: www.strat­ford­press.co.nz

Aubrie Welling­ton (4) en­joyed a cud­dle with Ferdie the Bull while she was wait­ing for the pa­rade to start.

Mayor Neil Volzke shared a sleigh with a VIP guest from the North Pole.

Liam (9) and Devon (5) San­der­son were all smiles on the Eltham Foot­ball Club float.

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