Town turns out

LNS - The tallest man around
LNS - The tallest man around

COLOURFUL characters, choirs and a huge dose of Christmas spirit ensured Pocklington’s late night shopping event was one of the best yet.

The town centre was buzzing with visitors taking part in activities such as the fancy dress competition and carol singing as well as making the most of the rides and other attractions.

LNS - Town Mayor Graham Perry and Town Crier Geoff Sheasby welcome FC to the arts centre

LNS - Town Mayor Graham Perry and Town Crier Geoff Sheasby welcome FC to the arts centre

Street performers, choirs and, of course, Santa arriving on his sleigh, all added to the festive atmosphere to kick off Christmas in Pocklington with style.

Ali Jenkins of the Pocklington Community Partnership, which organised the event, said it had been one of the best Christmas late night shopping events that the town had ever seen and her view was echoed by town Mayor Coun Graham Perry.

“We had a really good turn out and the atmosphere was great, it was a lot better than we have had before so I was really pleased with how it all went, we were delighted with it,” said Ali, who added that the local shops which stayed open had made a real effort to get into the spirit.

“We’d like to thank everybody who got involved to make the evening such a success,” she said.

“Especially to the businesses who sponsored it and to everybody who fundraised for the event, and to the Pocklington Lions who do such a good job of helping Santa on his way!

Among the local businesses who made the extra effort on the night were the Coffee Bean cafe which was transformed into the restaurant from ‘Allo ‘Allo’ and Simply Books which had a special visitor in the form of popular kids’ fiction character the Gruffalo.

Many local businesses also joined in the fancy dress competition, judged by Mayor Coun Graham Perry who awarded first prize to Chris Clubley who dressed as a Christmas tree, with his staff as elves.

Second and third place went to Barnados and the Wolds Cafe respectively for their colourful costumes covering many themes.

Best dressed shop window went to Age UK for their imaginative display featuring dozens of teddy bears.

Pocklington’s Christmas lights made a stunning visual treat and the whole event was boosted this year by a £1,600 donation from communications company TalkTalk.

Mayor Perry said: “It was a great evening, clearly enjoyed by everybody, it was the best event to date.

“Ali and the organising team did a great job.

“The majority of the shops and staff got into the spirit of the evening in terms of dressing their shop windows and fancy dress - it really was good fun judging it.”

Towards the end of the evening, communal carol singing took place with visitors raising their voices alongside choir members to fill Pocklington’s streets with the uplifting and unmistakable sound of Christmas.