As I walked towards Llanfyllin High Street on a cold and clear evening, twinkling lights and a throng of people greeted my eyes. Gazebos heralding attractively decorated stalls presented an enticing and original range of produce and crafts including wreaths, cakes, bee produce, ornaments, children’s snoods, handmade decorations and jewellry, wooden crafts, handmade soaps, books, clothing, RSPB bags, charity gifts and more!
Festive music and singing filled the air courtesy of Llanfyllin High School choir (Heidi Morris, Isabella Herbert, Catrin Roberts and Eleri Davies), conducted by Gloria Griffiths. A superb brass band, made up of Head Teacher Mr Dewi Owen, Mrs Jan Jones, Mr Emyr Jones, Miss Helen Thomas of Llanfyllin High School and Mrs Fran Proctor, conducted by Mr JW Proctor, drew in a large crowd. Llanfyllin Primary School children performed awesome dance routines and Lucy Haughton and friends sang carols. DOT (Derwen on Tour) brought students from Derwen College led by Jess Vaughan and Corey Edwards. The students presented an inspired dance performance using Makaton sign language.
Samosas, curry, mulled wine, mince pies, cakes and jams, hot chocolate with syrups and marshmallows, a hog roast, rustic country kitchen fayre and home made fudge offered a welcome assault on the other senses.
For the children: face painting, competitions, a wonderful Narnia setting for Santa’s Grotto, complete with coats to walk through the wardrobe! We were invited in by the brilliant ‘Peter’ (Kathleen Smyth) and were greeted by the striking white witch (Alisha Beech) who kindly gave out marshmallows and chocolates. Children’s art activities were laid on accompanied by cups of tea, armchairs and a cosy fire to help cold feet and fingers recover.
Children from local primary schools had made gorgeous decorations for the tree on the town square and a big countdown led by the mayor generated much excitement for adults and children alike. The lights were switched on by Mr Tom Ellis who recently received the Llanfyllin Good Citizen Lifetime Award.
Shops were open late, tinsel adorned lamp posts, pubs offered mince pies and mulled cider and a warm welcome for all. To add to the delightful Christmas atmosphere, businesses had gone all out to decorate their windows to compete in the best Christmas window display competition – congratulations to Amanda’s Hairdressers!
Let’s raise a glass of mulled wine to all who made this event possible and may we have many more to come. Watch this space for the 2018 date!
– Emma Allen
Message of thanks from the Mayor of Llanfyllin:
🎉Thanks to Tom Ellis, winner of the much-coveted Llanfyllin Citizen’s Lifetime Award for pushing the plunger to light the lights.
🎄Thanks to Keith and Decia Blacker for our marvellous tree and Peter and Jay for putting it up early.
👩🎤Thanks to the choirs and musicians and dancers for bringing their talents and giving their time.
🎀Thanks to the children who did a great job with decorations for the tree and “tinsel-bombing” the street.
🏪Thanks to the shops for opening late and making such lovely displays in their windows for the competition – and well done Amanda’s Hairdressers for winning that!!!
😍Thanks to the committee and volunteers for their hard work and time.
🚧Thanks to the council depot for their help and to all the businesses that sponsored various items.
🍺Thanks to the pubs for their assorted tasty offerings.
🎪Thanks to the stallholders for putting their faith in our very first market.
🦁Thanks to all at Cross Keys for recreating Narnia in Llanfyllin and for the lovely grotto.
🎅Thank you Father Christmas for giving out gifts a little bit early.
🤗 And thank you for turning up!
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