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Edition No. 179

Date:- 11 December 2004

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Christmas Parade 2004
Story by Linda Trollope & Photographs by Patrick Trollope.

LIVERPOOL had a festive feel at the weekend, 5 December. Santa was very much in evidence as hundreds of Santa wannabes raced through the town on behalf of a children's charity. One participant commented that although he had arrived feeling very tired, the atmosphere was so good he soon picked up. Runners and spectators alike seem to have enjoyed themselves and it was a tremendous boost for the charity. 

Later in the day the real Father Christmas took his place alongside the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and guests, in a fantastic sleigh pulled by ponies.  Throughout the route, thousands of people flocked to see the spectacle.A choir, a flotilla of floats, about 200 spectacular puppets, adorable dogs pulling minature sleds and even real camels and riders, marshalled in William Brown Street amid great excitement. The parade wended its way via Whitechapel then snaked around the city centre to the Town Hall. Stars of the Liverpool Neptune Theatre's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' also entertained the throngs en route.

The effect was terrific and it was a lovely beginning to the festive seasion in the town. Congratulations to all those who had so evidently worked tremendously hard to produce such an effective parade, not forgetting the contributions made by St John Ambulance, the Police, the stewards and Liverpool Council, without whom such wonderful events would not take place.

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