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.
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 .
This year’s festival has attracted a record 49 competing entries from individual families, local charities and organisations and some local retailers.
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 .
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.
The Christmas Tree Festival is open all day today until 17:00 and all day tomorrow from 12:00 to 17:00