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Issue:- 08 December 2011

Formby's 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!

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