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4th January 2012 MAYOR GIVES SANTA A WARM WELCOME TO ROSS

The streets of Ross-on-Wye were lined with thousands of people on Saturday, 17th December. The crowds were awaiting the arrival of Santa, who pays an annual visit to the town before Christmas to see how good all of the children have been and to give each and every one of them a pre-Christmas present. Whilst waiting for Santa to arrive, Ross Town Band and the singers of St. Mary's Church kept the people entertained with some lovely Christmas music. Mr. Brian Jackson compered the event, keeping the crowds informed as to when they could expect to see Santa Claus.

At around 5pm, a torch lit procession, comprising local Scouts, Cubs, Brownies, Rainbows and Phoenix Majorettes led Santa and his special guest Shaun the Sheep up to Ross Market House, where Ross Town Mayor, Councillor David Ravenscroft was waiting to welcome them. Santa then wished everybody a Merry Christmas and waited for the children to come through the archways after being given their presents, so that they could chat to him and tell him all about what they wanted for Christmas.

The Christmas Carnival Committee would like to thank everybody who helped to make Santa's visit such a wonderful occasion.


Santa was very happy to chat or have a photograph taken with the children.

Little Charlie, patiently waiting for Santa to arrive.

The singers of St. Mary's kept people entertained with some lovely carols, along with Ross Town Band.

Ross Town Mayor, Councillor David Ravenscroft waits to greet Santa.

The torch lit procession leads Santa up to Ross Market House.

Santa's special guest this year was none other than Shaun the Sheep.

A few of Santa's little helpers aboard his float.

Santa is warmly welcomed to Ross-on-Wye by Mayor Ravenscroft.

More than a thousand children received a pre-Christmas present from Santa in Ross-on-Wye.

The tree lights look so pretty along Gloucester Road.
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