Santa’s Sparkle has a real community spirit

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The weather could have been kinder to the first community Santa’s Sparkle last Saturday. But that did not stop the Lamlash community as well as people from across the island and the mainland coming out in their droves to support the event.

Two big marquees on Lamlash green together with the church hall were the venue for the events throughout the day and repeated downpours failed to dampen the enthusiasm of those taking part.

Top of the bill was Santa’s grotto which attracted long queues all day in the church hall. But there was also musical entertainment throughout the day, a wide variety of stalls, a bustling Christmas market and outdoor games – including two runs of the colour run – all of which kept children and adults amused.

The day began with the appearance of Santa at the pier atop the Mogabout followed by the traditional parade along the main street led by Lamlash Heather Queen Alyssa McGarrie in an open-top car, followed by members of the Arran Viking Longship Society in full regalia.

The day ended with traditional Christmas carols by the Arran Brass Band in the rain followed by the Heather Queen switching on the community Christmas tree lighting and a fireworks display before the wet crowd headed into a finale with the Taiko Drummers performing in the marquee.

It was the first time community group Lamlash Events had organised the day and members were pleased with how it all went, although a few changes will be made if it goes ahead next year.

One supporter on social media said: ‘It was a great event, with great planning. Well done for putting this together’.