Once again we were the organisers of the Sutton Christmas event assisted this year by the CCC who also provided extra funding for the entertainers.
The event took place on Friday the 14th of December and the weather was very kind (24hours later and the rain is lashing the windows as I type). We followed the traditional pattern with the addition of some extra entertainment funded by the CCC and provided by Party Workshops who did an excellent job throughout the event with a real focus on interacting with the public and posing for photo’s.
Well done to Steve Woods who won the Best Window Display competition (judged by the Town Crier in the Mayors absence) and LittleDays who claimed the runner up prize (photo’s below).
We will shortly announce the amount raised from all our Christmas events (there are still two to go) but the Rotary Barbecue sold all it’s stock and Santa (who is a Rotarian by the way) was very busy in his Grotto so no doubt his helpers collected plenty of donations too.
Thanks are due to all the volunteers who helped to organise and run the event from Rotary and the CCC. The CLIP students who helped with the road closure, several of which impressed us greatly with their attitude and ability. The Crafters who had a busy event on the market. Waltonholt provided the first aid coverage and very generously donated part of their fee back to Rotary to help our campaign to eradicate Polio. Thanks to the shops who stayed open and particularly those who entered the best dressed window competition. Alford Windows for supplying the power for the Nativty feature and Watson’s Home Hardware who provided power for the market. The Bacchus who help in many different ways not least providing us with our ‘operations room’ when the building was absolutely packed. Black Cat Equestrian Centre who always support the event offering pony rides. All those who set up stalls both commercial and charity including the Roast Chestnuts which we have never managed to get before.
And finally thanks to the anonymous lady walking down the street who I overheard saying to her friend “See, this is why I love living in Sutton on Sea” which made 9 hours out in the cold all seem worth it!