Sparkle organisers appeal for community assistance

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With only weeks to go before the new look Santa’s Sparkle is due to take place organisers are appealing for financial and volunteer assistance from the community to help stage the event.

The annual Santa’s Sparkle which, this year will take place on Saturday November 25, could have ceased altogether, after the previous organisers and owners of the Glenisle Hotel sold their business. However, it was saved by the community group Lamlash Events, who wanted to see Christmas themed event continue.

In addition to donation requests, the committee has also hosted a series of fundraisers which will include a gin tasting evening hosted by Sarah Wilson at the Pierhead Tavern in Lamlash tonight (Friday) at 8pm.

A spokeswoman from the organisers said: ‘We are counting down the days until the new look Santa’s Sparkle. Lamlash Events are looking for help in every way possible. Donations towards the cost of the marquee, licenses, insurance, fireworks and many other expenses would be gratefully received. Money can be banked via the website at www.santassparkle.co.uk or contact info@santassparkle.co.uk for bank details.

‘Tonight’s gin tasting will include six amazing gins to taste, with some new botanicals, a bottle of gin to win and an evening of chat and nibbles and all at a very reasonable price.

‘To provide entertainment and make it fun for the children we need more people to volunteer to run activities and games for the youngsters. Gifts, raffle prizes, old toys and games to sell, and any other means of helping cover the cost would be fabulous.’

On the day the event will start with Santa’s traditional parade from the pier to a large marquee on the village green, where there will be a Christmas market and craft fayre. In the afternoon there will be a talent competition covering music, drama and spoken word along with various other entertainment and stalls offering refreshments and food. In the evening the Sparkle culminates in the lighting of the Lamlash Christmas tree and a ceilidh.