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Hertford Flourishes at Christmas Gala

Posted on 01/12/2014

The Hertford Christmas Gala is always a favourite for locals and visitors to the County Town and
Friday 28th November was no exception, with Disney characters including Olaf from Frozen and Mickey and Minnie Mouse welcoming visitors to the Christmas Gala.

Crowds flocked to Parliament Square to meet Santa’s reindeer and tame owl. A dressing up nativity play with a real donkey was organised by Hertford Baptist Church near the War Memorial for children to dress in character and have their photograph taken by Photography by Louise.

Market Place was packed with Festive Craft and Food Markets offering homemade jams, handcrafted goods and hot food and drink.

 Bircherley Green provided funfair rides and stalls with Hertford Town Ladies and Children’s FC running a ‘Beat the Santa Goalie’ activity for children.

 Santa met over 250 children in his Grotto at Mudlarks Garden Café andHertfordMuseumand he also made it up on stage to help the Mayor with the Christmas lights switch on.

 The main stage arena was located inSalisbury Square.  Entertainment was provided by the Simon Balle Big Band , Hertford Baptist Church Men’s Choir, fire breathing performance by performers  from Danelaw Education to music by Schodinger’s Strings and acoustic performances by Melody Causton and Declan Mckenna.

 The Mayor of Hertford awarded the trophy for the Cheerful Traders Competition 2014 to Serendipity, the café in Bircherley Green Shopping Centre. First place in the Winning Windows Competition was awarded to Jane Maples, the florist inFore Streetwith second prize going to The Beauty Room and third prize to The Women’s Society Boutique both located inSt Andrew Street.

 After the winners were announced the Mayor was joined by Santa for the Christmas Light switch on countdown.

The lighting scheme in Hertford was improved from last year with additional Christmas lighting throughout the town.

 Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development & Leisure Committee, Councillor Isabel Sigmac, said: “The gala created such a magical atmosphere in Hertford. The music, smell from food stalls, Disney characters and on stage entertainment made the evening such a delight. I would like to thank our event sponsors Parenting Daily and Barratt Homes for helping make this event happen.”

 

 

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