FESTIVE cheer descended on the people of St Asaph on Friday as the city held its annual Party in the Street.
The party commenced in spectacular style as Santa arrived in a beautiful Christmas carriage pulled by a snowy white horse.
The Rhyl silver band and furry Christmas animals and snowmen completed the parade from the cathedral to the grounds of R.N. Williams where the main party was held.
Cheering crowds greeted Santa who then retired to his grotto to meet all the good children of St Asaph who waited patiently in the rain to meet him and his Rotary helpers.
There were fairground rides and many stalls offering Christmas goodies, crowds were entertained by carol singers from Stagecoach Drama School, Ysgob Morgan and Fairholme school. Winter snowmen and penguins circulated throughout the evening to the delight of the many children who attended and Buzz Lightyear and
Peppa Pig was on hand to make sure everybody behaved themselves.
The shopkeepers of St Asaph had all entered into the spirit of things by remaining open.
Lowri Williams, the owner of Jacob’s Ladder coffee shop scooped the prize for best window display and received her award from mayor John Roberts.
Visitors who packed the shop were treated to hot punch, cakes and mince pies.
Mayor of St Asaph, Cllr John Roberts, said: “The event was extremely well attended and after a tough week for the community it was nice to see people smiling again.
“Despite a couple of showers interrupting the event, it was once again a resounding success.
“The parade was something new this year and we will definitely be looking to do something similar next year.
“I must thank the councillors who have helped to stage the event, R.N. Williams who have kindly allowed us to use their premises, all the schools involved and members of the Rotary Club of St Asaph who have helped Santa to entertain all the boys and girls.”
In spite of driving rain, this year’s St Asaph ‘Party in the Street’ was an enormous success as crowds of residents and visitors braved the elements to enjoy what has now become a firm fixture on the new city’s calendar.
Regular visitors Kelly and Mark Hogg, accompanied by their family said: “This is a wonderful event which marks the start of Christmas for all of us in St Asaph. It is absolutely brilliant for the kids and just gets better and better each year.”