The Penarth Christmas Festival on December 1st last year already seems a distant memory but – like credit card statements – it’s only now the bills are coming home to roost .
The latest accounts show that the cost of hiring the services of BBC “Wales Today” weatherman Derek Brockway to perform the actual switch-on was £750.
The Siren Sisters stage performance cost council tax-payers £325 (good value to judge from crowd reaction). The stage audio, and lighting cost £1,356.
As far as the Christmas Parade is concerned, the preparation and costuming of Father Xmas and his partner cost £250. Their horse-drawn carriage came to £500.
The two live prancing Christmas reindeer in the Christmas Parade – along with their handlers – cost £820. The donkeys in the parade were cheaper – at just £200 (but didn’t prance).
The cost of the Christmas Lights and suspension cables came to £4, 530 . And finally…
The cost of Penarth’s fondly-remembered tilting Christmas Tree was £810.
The cost of erecting the tree was £250, and remarkably – despite the winter storms – it remained in situ until it was taken down early in February.