Santa’s Sparkle spectacular is a real treat
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.
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.
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.