The people of Bridlington got into the Christmas spirit over the weekend thanks to the Christmas event coordinated by Bridlington Town Council.
The day was hosted by Yorkshire Coast Radio and commenced with the Christian Carollers who sang carols to the morning shoppers putting them in the festive mood. They were followed by Martongate Primary School choir who continued with their joyful seasonal singing.
The pantomime cast from The Spa’s Christmas show of Sleeping Beauty, featuring Rustie Lee, arrived and presented a family pantomime ticket prize with the mayor councillor Shelagh Finlay to the winner of the mayor’s Christmas card competition, six-year-old Cordelia Dixon from Burlington Infant School.
There were in the region of 400 public votes for the window display competition and when added to the scores from the judging panel, the winner was Simply Hair and Beauty. The judging panel that consisting of Bob Hillery, councillor Shelagh Finlay, Barbara Ratcliffe and Eileen Sunderland who went along with the town crier David Hinde to surprise the proprietor with the winner’s trophy and a Bridlington Town Council plaque.
The Mayor Councillor Shelagh Finlay said: “The day was great for the town centre of Bridlington. It really brought the town together and was enjoyed by everyone. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the Christmas event such a success”.
Children were able to see Santa who was in the Bridlington Lions Grotto throughout the day along with the many other characters including Eryc and Eryca Bears and Olaf and Elsa from Frozen.
The afternoon had a lovely festive musical feel with choirs and music from Coastal Voices, Bridlington Excelsior Band and Burlington School Choirs.
Promenades Shopping Centre manager, Maria Kamper, said: “The day was really busy and this year has been the best we have done by far. There was a great atmosphere all day long.
“The characters from the Spa’s pantomime were so enthusiastic and were very approachable and were happy to pose for pictures with everyone.”
Among the stalls set up on the day were the Crimestoppers, Shores Enterprises, ERYC Recycling, the RSPCA Bridlington Branch and Bridlington Town Council selling mince pies and shortbread kindly donated by Boyes and the Spa Bridlington.
The Free Press would like to apologise for the misleading entries into last week’s Christmas feature. We would like to point out that the Bright House Living Room competition and the Spa Garden event are not happening. There was also no Christmas light switch on yesterday, contrary to reports. We apologise to the businesses, organisations and individuals who have been affected.
Free Press photographer Paul Atkinson went along to capture events.