Thursday, 17 November 2016

Combe Christmas Draws Near!

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So as the title says "Combe Christmas Draws Near!"  This year in an effort to unite the town of Ilfracombe there has been a change in the format to the lighting of the Christmas Lights around the town.

Last night, as I am a member of the committee that has worked to put this new programme together, I attended the final meeting prior to the "big switch on" weekend

The main High Street "switch on" has been moved from its traditional Wednesday night spot to Friday 25th November although the format remains much the same it appears that there will be more taking place on the High Street than in recent years.  There will be some different lights in place along the Hight Street and the traditional War Memorial celebration of Christmas will be enhanced by the inclusion of an LED screen.

Photo: N Devon Journal
On Saturday 26th November there will be the annual Fore Street Christmas Market and this will be taking place in and around a marquee that is being erected for the weekend on Ropery Road Car Park.  During the day the marquee will also hold a Santa's Grotto and there will be live music provided by local musicians.  (Whyte Raven offered to perform but heard nothing back from the "music organiser" so it can only be assumed that she has more musicians than necessary).

Photo: wytchwynd photography
On Saturday evening in the marquee there is to be a "Family Xmas Party" with music provided by local band "Sonic Fusion"

Moving onto Sunday 27th November the marquee will be used again for Santa's Grotto and any traders who have said they wish to set up their stalls again.  In the afternoon a Carol Service led by Canon Michael Rogers (vicar of Pip n Jim's Church) prior to the Grand Draw (raffle prizes) and a final parade to The Pier for a spectacular firework display.  This parade will be led by the Appledore Town Band, followed by Santa's Christmas Sleigh.

I sincerely hope that this 3-day event will be well supported by the whole town and that it will prove a pivotal point in the town's history.

Furthermore, I believe that this is the start of the way forward for the celebration of Christmas by local residents.


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