Santa’s Sparkle spec­tac­u­lar is a real treat

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Santa’s Sparkle re­ally went with a fizz and a bang this year as the Lam­lash fes­ti­val launched Christ­mas on Ar­ran last Satur­day.

It was the sec­ond time it had been or­gan­ised by a group of com­mu­nity vol­un­teers and it must be one of the big­gest and best yet.

A move in­doors to the high school meant there could be no re­peat of last year’s dread­ful weather to try and spoil the day, but in the end the day was bright and dry – but a lot warmer for the stall­hold­ers.

The day be­gan with Santa and his en­tourage mak­ing their way from the pier to the school. Once there he made his way to his grotto to hear what the chil­dren wanted for Christ­mas – and there was a long queue to see Santa all day.

En­ter­tained

For the chil­dren there was also face paint­ing, draw­ing, pass the par­cel, book read­ings and other games to keep them en­ter­tained.

For adults there were craft stalls ga­lore in both the can­teen and the main hall which did a roar­ing trade. The char­ity and food and drink stalls also had a busy day and there was a lot of in­ter­est in the huge raf­fle.

There was also en­ter­tain­ment through­out the day on the stage of the com­mu­nity theatre from Druma Daiko, the soul choir, young fid­dlers and Biff Simp­son – to name just a few.

As well as rais­ing money to stage next year’s sparkle the event also sup­ported the Ar­ran High young­sters rais­ing money for their Tan­za­nia Ex­pe­di­tion next year, with 50 per cent of the pro­gramme sales and the raf­fle of a ball signed by the Scot­land rugby squad go­ing to them.

Pro­ces­sion

The day was rounded off in fine style with a first torch lit pro­ces­sion from the school to the com­mu­nity Christ­mas tree, lit by Lam­lash Heather Queen Keira Wil­lis, be­fore a spec­tac­u­lar fire­work dis­play.

Quite an end to a spe­cial com­mu­nity day.

Angie Bar­rie had her sparkly shoes on at her Ar­ran Dreams stall. 01_B48santa04

01_B48santa11 Three-year-old Robyn and fes­tive mum Bobbi Mul­hol­land meet Santa.

The long queue for Santa’s grotto. 01_B48santa12

Izzy Brand and Katie Fleming meet Santa in his grotto 01_B48santa10

Coun­cil­lor Tim­o­thy Billings sell­ing torches for the pa­rade. 01_B48santa07

Santa makes his way from the pier to the high school. 01_B48santa01

Chil­dren draw Christ­mas pic­tures. 01_B48santa 09

01_B48santa13 Druma Daiko per­form on the com­mu­nity theatre stage.

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