Thousands of people turned out Saturday for the Switch on of the Christmas lights in Ringwood and were entertained by Elves giving out free sweets to the kids, singers, fair rides, choirs and bands as well as over 60 exhibitor stalls and Roger the Ringwood Reindeer.
Santa’s Grotto was open throughout the day and over 200 children called in to see him and get presents while getting snowed on by his Elf helpers.
This is the first time the event has been held in a good many years and sunny weather on the day helped ensure the crowds spent all day on the High Street and Market Place.
Organiser Mandy Oldfield said ‘it’s been a wonderful day and we have had lots of great feedback, which we hope will get more people involved for next year’.
Toward the end of the day a Lantern parade walked through town to the stage and showed off lanterns made in the Elf Workshop in the Meeting House that day and included Santa,
Roger Reindeer, lots of Elves, children, a marching band and motorcycles. Parade Organiser Christine Smith said ‘it’s lovely to see the small children involved and we are very grateful to them and their parents for coming along to support our day’.
This year all the Christmas Lights were replaced around the town with many new items added thanks to the support of local business and the National Lottery. The Town Council will now add to these lights each year to provide even more coverage and is hoping to increase the size of the event to bring in even more people in the hope of benefitting local businesses.
The Town Mayor Councillor Barbara Woodifield said ‘it’s been a great year for me to be Mayor and there are other projects in the pipe line right now which I am sure local residents will embrace and which will improve the town further, I couldn’t be prouder of what we have achieved’. The Town Council has recently formed a working party to look at how to support the High Street and local business and would welcome comments and ideas which can been sent to the address below.
www.ringwood.gov.uk or ring 01425 473883
For further information, please contact:
Steve Nash – Town Clerk
Ringwood Town Council
Tel: 01425 473883