TOWN MAYOR OPENS ST AUGUSTINE’S CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL

Father Christmas, the Mayor Cllr Mike Cuddy and bagpiper Archie McAffer all eschewed umbrellas despite the winter drizzle as they led the procession to St Augustine's

Father Christmas, the Mayor Cllr Mike Cuddy and bagpiper Archie McAffer all eschewed umbrellas despite the winter drizzle as they led the procession to St Augustine’s this morning

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy has opened the traditional Christmas Tree Festival in St Augustine’s Church this morning.

Proceedings began with a “Breakfast with Santa” at St Augustine’s Parish Hall after which the Mayor, accompanied by Father Christmas, headed a procession through Belle Vue Park to St Augustine’s Church accompanied by the local distinguished piper Archie McAffer wearing full highland dress and followed by scores of families with young children.

Two  unofficial "pipers" augmented the bagpipes of Archie McAffer on arrival at St Augustine's

Two unofficial “pipers” augmented the bagpipes of Archie McAffer on arrival at St Augustine’s

In previous years mayors have been lucky with the weather – but not this year . A steady drizzle continued as the procession made its way to the church . In a hitherto undisclosed admission, the Cllr Cuddy confided that his mayoral robes are waterproof .

A record number of Christmas Trees have been entered in this year's Festival competition

A record number of Christmas Trees have been entered in this year’s Festival competition

This year’s festival has attracted a record 49 competing entries from individual families, local charities and organisations and some local retailers.

Four of the 459 outstanding entries in this year's festival

Four of the 49 outstanding entries in this year’s festival from (left to right) Albert Primary School “Books for Christmas” . Performing Arts Academy Wales “Hard Work Makes Dreams Come True” – the tree is made of ballet shoes –  Penarth Sea Cadets “Land Ahoy” – using three oars for the tree and Penarth Lawn Tennis Club’s tree of tennis balls with the unforgivable title “New Baubles Please

After inspecting the many trees and casting their votes for the winner, children enjoyed a communal seasonal sing-song on the floor of the church  .

Children and parents enjoyed a Festive sing-song

Children and parents enjoyed a Festive sing-song

This year  Christmas Tree festival is supporting three charities, the Koto Trust, Gambia,  Barnado’s Cymru and “Making Music – Changing Lives” which is based in Ely, Cardiff.

Some young members of the public attending today's Christmas Tree festival

Some young members of the public attending today’s Christmas Tree festival

The Christmas Tree Festival is open all day today until 17:00 and all day tomorrow from 12:00 to 17:00

 

 

 

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2 Responses to TOWN MAYOR OPENS ST AUGUSTINE’S CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL

  1. Blow the mayor’s waterproofs. Is Father Christmas OK?

  2. snoggerdog says:

    xmas trees are excellent.

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