Wellington is now, officially, lit up and ready for Christmas.
With shops around the town already attractively decorated, Saturday 2nd December marked the civic celebrations. Wellington Mayor Gary James and two pupils from Beech Grove Primary School, Patryk Wolski and Asha Latifi, pressed the big red button on the stage in the High Street at exactly 6pm to switch on illuminations which are improved and enhanced this year by an additional grant from the Town Council.
The entertainment had begun two hours before with the Majorettes leading Father Christmas to his grotto in the offices of the Wellington Weekly News on a splendid float, complete with prancing reindeer, provided by Wellington Carnival Committee.
The cast of Wellington Pantomime Group’s January show, ‘Hercules’, and Wellesley Park Primary School Choir provided some delightful music on theHigh Street stage and Rev Tim Pottage, Curate of St John the Baptist Church had the big crowd holding its collective breath to illustrate the Christian meaning on Christmas. Wellington Arts Society’s Richard Mattravers compered the whole evening with gusto.
Members of the Town Council handed out mince pies, Wellington Scouts were very busy supplying hot dogs on a cold night and a Playbus kept children happy. The Quaker Meeting House’s Celebration of Light was, once again, a beautiful oasis of calm in the excitement and business of the season.