Wellington Majorettes provided a colourful – and musical – opening to the town’s Street Fair at the weekend filling South Street with elves, snowmen and reindeer. Father Christmas was there too before taking up residence in his grotto in Castle Hall (otherwise known as the Scout Hall) and Elsa and Anna from the film ‘Frozen’ were out on the street and in the ‘Frozen’ grotto in Odette’s Garden.
Organised by Wellington Independent Traders Association and supported by Wellington Carnival Committee who were responsible for the stalls and the Playbus, the event attracted crowds to South Street and the stage which ran a continuous programme of musical throughout the day. Despite late afternoon rain, the acts – including Wellesley Park Primary School’s choir – kept people entertained in very merry and enthusiastic Christmas style.
The Street Fair is the first of a number of events in the town centre leading up to Christmas. Santa will be in his Scout Hall grotto every Saturday until the end of the school term and then every morning until 24 December. On Saturday 3 December the town’s lights will be switched on at 6pm by the Mayor, Bob Bowrah, and pupils from Rockwell Green Primary School with entertainment provided by Wellington Pantomime Group and the Majorettes. Beech Grove Primary School pupils will deliver the Christmas message, Father Christmas will be there too and the Celebration of Light at the Quaker Meeting House garden will begin.