Dickensian Day 2011
THE weather was horrendous as gales battered the village and rain lashed
down, but on Saturday, 3 December 2011, yet it did not put the hundreds of
people who came to enjoy this annual event. Many people said the:- "It’s
definitely worth getting out of bed for..." we just hope our photos and
video coverage can explain why it was a good turnout despite the weather... If
not take our word for it, the day was packed full of entertainment aimed at all
ages!!! Ok, sadly some of the entertainment did not going to plan, due to the
adverse conditions, which did dampen the normally extremely lively atmosphere...
But that said, it was still a huge success, with a variety of festive treats on
offer. The day started with many of the local shops and businesses staff opening
up in dressed in fancy dress, and a Santa Dash around the village... If you have
photos of the Dash, we would love to know... In the afternoon, the one and only
Father Christmas was joined in a parade by the internationally renowned Batala
Samba Band who danced through the packed village centre, joined by Eclipse
Parade Band as well as the Bootle and District Concertina Band, plus a host of
others. But no Dickensian Day Parade would have been the same without Southport
Swords and the Argarmoels Morris Dancers who also joined in the small parade.
This year there were many charity stalls lining the main street and side
streets; not leaving out the stage that hosted many live performances from local
bands like the Mersey Cats, who also were joined the Formby School of Dance and
Performing Arts to name a few. One of the day’s biggest attractions after the
steam train was the Snow Dome! Well done to all who came out and supported the
event and an extremely big congratulations to the Dickensian Day Committee. This
event was a fantastic boost for the local community's shops who have struggled
in the last few years. We hope this event continues to grow and develop as it is
doing now. It is truly a highlight for not only Formby's event
calendar, but also Merseyside's as a whole!
We are running more photographs in next weeks issue, but we have plenty for you
in this weeks as well as video footage of the event...
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