Santa needs his elves to make Christ­mas sparkle

The Arran Banner - - News - Colin Smee­ton edi­tor@ar­ran­ban­

Lam­lash Events, which now or­gan­ises Santa’s Sparkle, will be hold­ing a spe­cial meet­ing next week in prepa­ra­tion for this year’s Christ­mas event.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers, who will meet on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 29, at 6pm at the Pier­head Tav­ern, are invit­ing any­one with an in­ter­est in ei­ther vol­un­teer­ing or host­ing a stall to at­tend the meet­ing.

Fol­low­ing their an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, at which the elec­tion of direc­tors and of­fice-bear­ers will take place, the com­mit­tee mem­bers will as­sess the progress be­ing made and work to­wards en­sur­ing that all facets of the event are on sched­ule and run­ning ac­cord­ing to plan.

Prepa­ra­tions have been un­der way since the start of the year and, while all of the frame­work, in­clud­ing le­gal and fi­nan­cial mech­a­nisms, are in place, fi­nal ar­range­ments, in­clud­ing per­form­ers and vol­un­teers, con­tinue un­til nearer the event it­self.

The an­nual Santa’s Sparkle, which was run by the previous own­ers of the Glenisle Ho­tel, has been taken over by Lam­lash Events which wished to see the vil­lage tra­di­tion con­tinue. Run as a com­mu­nity event for the first time last year, the af­ter­noon was so suc­cess­ful that not only did it cover its costs, but it also turned a small profit which was do­nated to lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

This year’s Sparkle, as it is af­fec­tion­ately known, will take place at Ar­ran High School on Satur­day Novem­ber 24 with Santa ar­riv­ing at Lam­lash Pier at noon and trav­el­ling to the school along with a fes­tive pa­rade to see the chil­dren in his grotto. Later in the af­ter­noon, af­ter ev­ery­one has been en­ter­tained with live mu­sic and danc­ing, and ex­pe­ri­enced the de­li­cious food on of­fer, Santa will lead the throngs out to light the vil­lage tree where there will be a fire­work fi­nale.

Any­one with an in­ter­est in help­ing with the sparkle, can find fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the Face­book page or by at­tend­ing the meet­ing on Mon­day.

Santa makes a grand ap­pear­ance atop the Mo­gabout at last year’s Santa’s Sparkle. 01_B43s­parkle01

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