Little Common was lit up on Saturday after a whole day of Christmas festivities.
The seasonal extravaganza was organised by Little Common Business Association.
It started with a well attended Craft Fayre at The British Legion headquarters. A great variety of stalls all with hand made goods ensured that hardly anyone went away empty handed.
Santa then toured the village in an open top car arriving at his grotto at Touch of Glamour shop to be greeted by Mrs Claus, an elf and a host of children eager to meet him.
Once the children had visited Santa, the under 10s were off to the Wheatsheaf Inn for a Christmas party.
Business Association Treasurer Lynn Adair said: “In spite of the cold, blustery weather, the local community made their way to the roundabout for the traditional tree lighting ceremony.
“Councillor Stuart Earl, supported by Kathy Harmer, Chair of the Association, and Santa, switched on the lights and children from Little Common Primary School once again celebrated this special moment with their Carol singing.
“They then joined in a procession to the Royal British Legion where crowds joined in the Carols accompanied by the Legion Concert Band. Julie Saraswati, a visitor from New Zealand added fun to the concert with her harp and guitar, encouraging adults and children to join in with her songs.
“A free buffet was provided after the Carol Service for everyone. The Christmas Lucky Number was drawn with Liz Crotty winning £200 to spend in the village, Val Bates winning £50 and Brenda Cross winning £30 – a great start to their Christmas!
“The festivities continued with live music by Loose Change at the Wheatsheaf Inn, which kept everyone entertained for the rest of the evening.
There are new lights this and a brightly lit Christmas tree thanks to the hard work of members of Little Common and Cooden Business Association. Steve Lusted, of Little Common Electrical and Tony Foster, of Facility Services, worked really hard right up to the last minute to get the lights up and working.
Pictures by Derek Canty.
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