Despite high winds and storm warnings Ringwood Town Council still provided their Switch On event last Saturday and thousands turned out throughout the day.

Over 250 children stopped by to see Santa and his Elves and take part in the free Lantern Workshops and Children’s Cinema provided in the town.

While many people sought cover following a downpour of rain they quickly returned within minutes of the rain stopping.

Organiser Mandy Oldfield said ‘I am over the moon with the way things went and while some exhibitors failed to appear we still filled the High Street end to end and our new decorations look fabulous’.
The Street Fair event now in its second year is due to be taken over by Ringwood Events Committee next year with the Town Council concentrating its efforts on the lights.

Giant snow machines covered the crowds of people this year and floor stickers around the town led the way to Santa along with quiz questions designed to entice children and their parents in shops at the far end of town.

Entertainment throughout the day included Dickensian Carol Singers in period costumes, live music on stage, dancers, street entertainers and an 85 strong Rock Choir.

Town Clerk Steve Nash said ‘My hope is that we will fill the town centre with stalls next year and perhaps make it a whole weekend. We will need volunteers for that and anyone wishing to help is welcome to join Ringwood Events Committee which is contactable through me’.

On Christmas Eve this month the Rotary Club of Ringwood will be holding their Christmas Carols event in the Market Place at which time people are encouraged to sing songs and donate a shoe box of presents to people less fortunate.