of children and their parents lined up along Broad Street
on Saturday afternoon, all waiting to give Santa a warm
welcome to Ross-on-Wye. Santa pays a pre Christmas visit
to the historic market town every year as the children of
Ross-on-Wye are exceptionally good and so each receives
an early Christmas present from him.
the vast crowd awaited Santa's arrival, they were entertained
by the young Choir of St. Mary's, who sang some beautiful
carols, after which a special Christmas draw took place.
The draw was organized by the Association of Ross Traders,
(ART) who, in the weeks prior to the event had been giving
away free draw tickets to people who made purchases in various
shops in the town. On Saturday, Secretary of ART, Councillor
Caroline Utting invited one of the St. Mary's choir to draw
the winning ticket. The ticket, worth £1,000 belonged
to Mr. Tim Ingram, who had received it after shopping in
Escape in Crofts Lane.
the draw, another carol was sung, then it was announced
that the torch lit procession, made up of Scouts, Cubs,
Brownies, Guides and the phoenix Majorettes, were leading
Santa up Broad Street towards Ross Market House, where Ross
Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane was waiting to officially
welcome him. After
receiving their presents, many of the children were keen
to meet Santa and have a photograph taken with him and,
as usual, Santa was more than happy to oblige.
the crowds had subsided, Santa offered Mayor Lane and Carnival
Princess, Adele Brook a lift on his special float up to
Ross Community Hospital, where they chatted with the patients,
and staff, who also each received a present.
would like to thank the Christmas Carnival Committee and
their team of elves for packing all the presents for him;
Ross Lions and Ross Police for taking care of the road closure
and Sharon, for making the fantastic costumes.
you Santa for giving the children of Ross-on-Wye not one,
but two very special days to celebrate each December.