Another successful year
(despite the threat of rain)
The rain evaded our High street for most of the evening to allow the carol service to start off the evening at 6pm. Children from the local primary schools together with musicians from Great Marlow School accompanied the singing and the President of the Chamber, Paul Deriaz, gave a short speech. This was followed by a visual talk about Christmas from Rev. Dave Bull who produced a lighted lantern from his suitcase which was passed round the crowd.
Father Christmas and his elf were in his grotto and outside his reindeer waited patiently in their pen for him to deliver the presents to the children who came to see him.
A Minion and Miss Santa stilt walker roamed the streets for children and adults to have the opportunity of having their photograph taken with them. The nativity characters together with their live animals travelled up the High Street to their final destination at the Inn with baby Jesus in the Methodist Church.
We were entertained by Windsor & Maidenhead Rock Choir, Marlow Operatic Society and the Jam Theatre and the whole evening was supported by Marlow FM – we are really grateful to them for all their help.
55 stalls, charity and commercial, lined the streets and many of the shops were open offering festive food and drink and discounts to those wishing to purchase on the night.
The approximately 3,000 people who attended the event created a wonderful Christmassy atmosphere – the smiles on the children’s faces said it all.
And the best dressed stall prize went to two young entrepreneurs who had been running their own business since they were 9 and were the selling festive wooden reindeer they had made
Waitrose kindly donated a full hamper for the prize. The Father Christmas and Minion costumes were donated by Jolliffes and the grotto sponsored by LGP solicitors and Burgers. The live reindeer were sponsored by Shanly Foundation. We are very grateful to all of these companies for their support.