What is more Christmassy than a brass band and Father Christmas? There was no denying this was the real Father Christmas, no fake about him.
The procession was fantastical, watching children’s faces light up, and become very serious and well-behaved on seeing Father Christmas in his float being accompanied by a marching band playing what must be one of everyone’s favourite: Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.
After the procession, the band accompanied and entertained the long list of patient but excited children queuing to see Father Christmas in his grotto. For those walking down Market Street—which had authentically turned into a veritable market street of food and gifts—the atmosphere was created with magic by the carols playing brightly, infusing the air with the upcoming Christmas.
Article by Julie Robinsong