Elves from Stoodley & Son who served hot chocolate drinks and cakes on Lighting Up Night raised £80 in donations for next years Christmas lights. Funeral director Tracey Warren joined Ellie Collins at the stall in the George Shopping Centre after appearing live on ITV Westcountry news with presenter Ben MacGrail. Tracey said: “Everyone has worked so hard in the town and the community spirit here this evening is fantastic.” Pirates from the Red Cross charity shop also appeared in the short television broadcast, promoting the shop’s festive gifts and raffle. With artificial snow falling outside of Oscars wine bar, proprietor Richard Hall proudly announced on air that they had won the Neill McClintock Cup for the Best Dressed Window. Other shop windows which were highly commended were at Take A Peek Boutique and LilyBelles.

There was also artificial snow falling at McKinlays in the George Shopping Centre and visitors made sure to browse the charity stalls in Falkland Square and listen to the Phoenix Brass Band before visiting the craft fair in Victoria Hall where refreshments were served by Crewkerne Community Church. Market Square was crowded as always for the annual event with entertainment provided by CUDOS carol singers and young performers from The Dance House. A new parade for Lighting Up Night of handmade lanterns saw the hot air balloon creation take first prize in the competition judged by the town’s Mayor Kathy Head.

Many shops stayed open late offering festive refreshments, including Brothers & Sisters hair salon where the Snow Queen alias Ella Charles could be seen in her amazing costume with incredible hair, styled by Rachel Knight. Crewkerne Christmas Committee would like to thank all the local groups and organisations who took part in the event, especially the Rotary Club of Crewkerne District for safely transporting Santa on their festive sleigh and the many businesses in the town who supported the Lighting Up Night. With a special thank you to Humphries Kirk for allowing the use of their electricity to light up the town over the Christmas period.

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