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22nd December 2010


Hundreds 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.

Whilst 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.

After 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.

Once 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.

Santa 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.

Thank you Santa for giving the children of Ross-on-Wye not one, but two very special days to celebrate each December.

The Week in Moving Pictures, including Santa's visit to Ross.

The young Choir of St. Mary's kept everybody entertained with carols as they awaited Santa's arrival.

Secretary of ART, Councillor Caroline Utting invites one of the young singers to draw the winning ticket.

Hundreds of people line the street to give Santa a warm welcome.

The lovely, torch light procession leads Santa to Ross Market House.

The procession reaches the Market House.

Santa and his little helpers wave to the waiting crowd.

Santa with Mayor Lane, who gave him an official warm welcome on behalf of the people of Ross-on-Wye.

Santa with one of the many young children who wanted to meet him.

Carnival Pricness, Adele Brook and Mayor Lane arrive at Ross Community Hospital.

Mayor Lane and Santa chat to the patients before laeving them a present.
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