Crowds welcome Christmas to Whaley Bridge

A dry night brought the crowds out in Whaley Bridge to greet the arrival of Santa Claus and see the 2009 Christmas lights switched on Santa Claus arrived by the narrowboat Barleycorn at the canal basin to be greeted by dozens of children. He then travelled in the Rose Queen’s
‘coach’ to Footsteps on Market Street. There a grotto had transformed the basement into a 19th century street.

While hundreds of children waited to see Santa and claim their gift, the public joined in carol singing, led by Whaley Bridge band and a group of
singers from Churches Together, round the tree near the Jodrell Arms. The lights were switched on by town council chairman Barrie Taylor

The fun was still not over Whaley Bridge’s impressive Powderkegs strutted their stuff in front of the Railway pub on Market Street., and inside the
nearby Mechanics’ Institute the Christmas market brought brisk trade,

See the picture of Santa with his little helpers, taken by Gavin Rathbone. It appears here courtesy of The Review. More pictures can be seen on www.g-r-photography.co.uk Copies can be seen in Footsteps

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