St. Asaph Party in the Street defies the weather
In spite of driving rain, this year’s St Asaph ‘Party in the Street’ was an enormous success as crowds of residents and visitors braved the elements to enjoy what has now become a firm fixture on the new city’s calendar.
The party commenced in spectacular style as Santa arrived in a beautiful Christmas carriage pulled by a snowy white horse. The Rhyl silver band and furry Christmas animals and snowmen completed the parade from the Cathedral to the grounds of R.N. Williams where the main party was held.
Cheering crowds greeted Santa who then retired to his grotto to meet all the good children of St Asaph who waited patiently in the rain to meet him and his Rotary helpers.
In addition to the fairground rides and the many stalls offering a range of Christmas goodies, crowds were entertained by carol singers from Stagecoach Drama School, Ysgob Morgan and Fairholme school. Winter snowmen and penguins circulated throughout the evening to the delight of the many children who attended and Buzz Lightyear was on hand to make sure everybody behaved themselves.
The shopkeepers of St Asaph had all entered into the spirit of things by remaining open throughout the evening and there were delightful Christmas window displays to entice the cheerful, if somewhat damp customers. Lowri Williams , the proud owner of Jacob’s Ladder coffee shop was delighted as she scooped the prize for best window display and received her award from City Mayor John Roberts who was effusive in his praise for the efforts of Lowri, her staff and all the other St Asaph shopkeepers. Visitors who packed the shop were treated to hot punch, cakes and mince pies.
Regular visitors Kelly and Mark Hogg, accompanied by their family commented:
“This is a wonderful event which marks the start of Christmas for all of us in St Asaph. It is absolutely brilliant for the kids and just gets better and better each year”.
City Mayor, John Roberts added;
“ I am absolutely delighted with the turnout tonight; the rain has not deterred anybody and the party is an enormous success. I must thank the Councillors who have helped to stage the event, R.N. Williams who have kindly allowed us to use their premises, all the schools involved and members of the Rotary Club of St Asaph who have helped Santa to entertain all the boys and girls.”