Jump­ing for joy

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Chil­dren are in a bois­ter­ous and fes­tive mood at the Whit­ing Bay Christ­mas tree light­ing cer­e­mony held last Satur­day at the vil­lage green.

Res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to Whit­ing Bay started their fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions on the first day of De­cem­ber last Satur­day with a tree light­ing cer­e­mony, mulled wine and Christ­mas car­ols, all tak­ing place on the vil­lage green.

Greta Lit­ton did the hon­our, given her duty as Bay Queen, in il­lu­mi­nat­ing the tree with a wave of her magic wand to the hearty ap­plause of the gath­er­ing who ven­tured out de­spite the cold.

The an­nual event, which was well-at­tended, also saw vis­i­tors en­joy­ing fes­tive treats and tak­ing part in the Christ­mas carol singing.

Vis­i­tors en­joyed burg­ers, short­bread and mince pies, and a cel­e­bra­tory at­mos­phere was in the air, par­tic­u­larly for the many chil­dren who en­joyed the oc­ca­sion be­ing out af­ter dark and get­ting ex­cited about the im­mi­nent fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions.

The event was ac­com­pa­nied by a Christ­mas mar­ket in the vil­lage hall and, the fol­low­ing day, Whit­ing Bay Pri­mary School held its Christ­mas fair with a bake-off com­pe­ti­tion, tombola, co­conut shy, ac­tiv­i­ties and stalls and an en­tic­ing ar­ray of food, tea and cake.

With the vil­lage green il­lu­mi­na­tions and an im­pres­sive lights dis­play at the south­ern en­trance to the vil­lage, Whit­ing Bay ini­ti­ated the tra­di­tion of vil­lages chang­ing into their fes­tive at­tire in prepa­ra­tion for the en­su­ing cel­e­bra­tions.

All do­na­tions re­ceived from the event will go to­wards the Whit­ing Bay Chil­dren’s Christ­mas party which will be held this year on Satur­day De­cem­ber 15.

Bay Queen Greta Lit­ton lights up the Whit­ing Bay Christ­mas tree with a wave of her magic wand.

Res­i­dents gather at the vil­lage green wait­ing for the lights to be switched on.

Vivi­enne Crich­ton and Kirsty West make sure that vis­i­tors are well taken care of with mulled wine and mince pies.

Vis­i­tors at the Whit­ing Bay Pri­mary Christ­mas fair lis­ten to the bake-off win­ner an­nounce­ment.

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