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Santa crashes in on Falkirk’s lights switch-on

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Santa made a dramatic entrance as the clock counted down to the Christmas lights being switched on in Falkirk.

Minutes after organisers announced he was unfortunately running late for the main event on Sunday, St Nicholas finally arrived to a fanfare of fireworks and cheers – ‘crashing’ his sleigh into Falkirk Steeple in his haste not to disappoint the crowds.

After waving to the gallery from the top window of the steeple and welcoming everyone to the big occassion, Santa made his way to the main stage to be welcomed by Depute {rovost Councillor John Patrick before inviting his VIP guest Kieran Cook, the lucky youngster who won The Falkirk Herald’s competition to push the magic button and light up the tree.

Flanked by our Face of Falkirk, Kayleigh Harley, and Miss Teen Galaxt Falkirk Shellana Sharpe, and with a rousing chorus of ‘Jingle Bells’ ringing in the background and confetti bursts filling the air, the seven-year-old carried out his duties with confidence to declare the town a festive-friendly zone.

Earlier excited families joined Sing Forth Choir to sing traditional Christmas carols and were entertained by Big Bad Wolf Theatre Company and Falkirk Children’s and Youth Theatre before Falkirk Festival Chorus, conducted by Robert Tait, brought the extravaganza to a close.

The gala event was organised by Falkirk Delivers and Falkirk Community Trust.

Falkirk Delivers manager Alastair Mitchell said: “There was a bit of concern when word came through Santa was behind schedule because there were a lot of children on their very best behaviour hoping to see him, but it all worked out in the end.

“Judging by the enthusiastic reception he was given by the crowd everybody was happy to see him and Santa was delighted to be here to give Falkirk the best possible start to the Christmas season. Needless to say, arrangements have already been made to invite him back again next year.”

 

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