Sun shines on a spectacular Santa’s Sparkle

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Pg 10/11 heading: Firework extravaganza ends a super day

Words and photographs by Hugh Boag

Christmas arrived on Arran last weekend with the spectacular Santa’s Sparkle event.

Volunteers from Lamlash Events really pulled out all the stops to make this year’s sparkle a real success and even the weather leant a helping hand.

Sadly Santa’s arrival by boat had to be cancelled due to the sea conditions but a big crowd gathered at the pier to see him emerge with his elves from the lifeboat station and, led by the Arran Pipe Band, his tractor-led sleigh made its way past the waving to bystanders along the shorefront to the high school, followed by a large crowd.

Santa then had a busy afternoon in his grotto meeting children and handing out presents before a quick change to lead the Jack Frost lantern walk back to the community Christmas tree.

At the huge Christmas market in the school’s two gyms there was something for everyone with more than 70 contributors bringing together creative crafters, artisans and stalls raising money for local charities and environmental causes.

Food and drinks were available for hungry shoppers and there was entertainment and activities on throughout the day including musicians from the Isle of Arran School of Music.

As darkness fell, children with the lanterns they had created on the day made their way to Lamlash Green where the Sparkle Queen lit the Christmas tree to the sound of Christmas carols from a brass band duo.

And the day was rounded off by a short – but spectacular – firework display with  a performance later by the Pavillionaires at The PHT.

A spokeswoman for the organisers said: ‘Thank you to all the volunteers who made Santa’s Sparkle Arran such a special day. It was wonderful to see so many people come along to take part.’

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