Penarth Community Choir  gave a lusty renderings of several favourite carols outside the St Fagans pub last night

Customers and families attending Penarth’s Late Night Shopping Event in Penarth paused on the pavements to applaud the performance of Penarth Community Choir and their rendition of several Christmas carols.

The choir performed outside the St Fagan’s pub as many shops around the Town Centre, Station Approach and Cornerswell  Road stayed open until 20:00 to give local residents and visitors an opportunity to buy presents and gifts locally, without having to endure the crowds and traffic in Cardiff.

The weather had discouragingly delivered damp and drizzle in the late afternoon – but after 18:00 conditions improved and the rest of the evening remained dry and reasonably warm with  local restaurants, pubs, and coffee shops doing a roaring trade.

The Christmas choir in Penarth Town Centre for Late Night Shopping. (Hugh Walker photos and audio)


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  1. Harry Parfitt says:

    I hate to contribute to the usual negativity but I popped into town at about 7pm and thought I’d got the day wrong. The place was virtually deserted.

    • Jed says:

      There weren’t crowds, but it was a retail event (and don’t forget the town council blocked the local traders from joining in the xmas light switch-on, and did nothIng at all to support this event).

      Well done guys, many of us value what you bring to the town!

  2. Sarah says:

    Well done to this lovely choir.
    They made my evening, could have listened to them all night.

  3. Penarthian says:

    Trade was abysmal as the weather killed the event. Local restaurants were probably full due to X Mas parties.

  4. Thank you to the hard-working people who organised this event which saw many of the town’s independent shops open for the evening.

    At Funky Monkey we were pleased to see some new faces – people who perhaps haven’t got as much time to browse the local shops and welcomed the opportunity to do so. We shared a few glasses of bubbly, gave away some fab prizes and everyone (especially the kids) had lots of fun!

    Takings weren’t quite as strong as last year, nor was footfall, but still worth doing and definitely an event to build on for future years!

  5. Andrew Worsley says:

    Looked like the Fag was doing a roaring trade and it was nice of the Landlord to offer the choir members a small tipple of their choice to keep the cold out and it was nice to see some of the pubs regulars joining in as they stood on the steps glasses in hand .

  6. Andrew Worsley says:

    Regarding my previous statement …should have added “WELL THATS WHAT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE A FEW YEARS AGO.”..………………..

  7. Jed says:

    Some of the shops were quite busy, and don’t forget the businesses are doing it all by themselves – it defeats many of us why the town council takes such a belligerent view toward little local businesses. They’re not asking for charity, they don’t get much back for the millions they pay in business rates, and the town council cuts them out of participating in local events too.

    A worrying trend is why the indie cafes were largely empty – when Ocho wasn’t?

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