Wareham Christmas parade

SNOWFALL in the build-up to Wareham’s Christmas Parade did not leave anyone frozen out of the celebrations.

Organisers admitted a few moments of panic when the snow started falling before the event, which got underway at 4pm, but the show must go on – and go on it did.

“The army of committee members and volunteers worked extremely hard throughout the day to do Wareham proud,” said Fran Lewis from Christmas in Wareham.

“The snow had stopped and the roads were clearer by the time the entertainment on the cross started with lots of music, singing, dancing and the blessing of the tree.” Then the big man, Father Christmas, arrived in style to lead the parade, aboard a spectacular steam engine.

“After a quick chat to the lovely children who took part in the parade, he made his way inside the Town Hall, waving from the windows for all to see,” Fran said.

Wareham town crier Jacquie Hall

“Next stop, his Grotto, in the fantastic Wareham Museum where a long line of excited children (and adults) waited so patiently to see him, collecting their goodie bags and amusing him and his elves with some stories of good or bad behaviour, requests for Christmas gifts and many conversations about his golden boots. “So many magical memories made.”

The committee thanked everyone involved who helped, donated, sponsored, or supported the event. “We have received some wonderful feedback and stories which makes the hard work 100% worthwhile,” Fran added.

“And our final thanks go to the community, who donated over £500 on the day to help make sure this event continues.” She said organisers would take a couple of weeks off before starting preparations for 2023.

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