Wise women lead camels to Spittal festivities

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CAMELS will take centre stage at the annual Christmas in Spittal celebrations taking place tomorrow (Friday) night.

Spittal Improvement Trust has brought reindeer to the village for the past two years, with both events attracting large crowds.

However, it has decided to freshen things up to ensure it maintains that momentum.

Mike Greener, trust secretary, said: “We became aware that a few people were becoming a little tired of the reindeer having seen them the past two years so we decided to bring camels instead. In the future we could maybe swap them over on a yearly basis.

“We’ve previously held the event on a Thursday night but have moved it to a Friday because we think that will suit people better. With children not having school the next day they might be able to stay up a bit later.”

There will be a fair in the church along with street entertainment, food and refreshments on sale from around 5.30pm. Santa will also be there.

“The parade itself, which will be led by three wise women this year, will start off at 6.30pm from the top end of Main Street, arriving at the bottom end around 7pm for carols and to switch the lights on at the tree.

There is no admission charge but there will be a bucket collection and it is hoped people will dig deep to help towards the event’s running costs - this year’s event alone has cost around £4,500 to stage.

“The camels are coming up from Shropshire to an event in Glasgow and then across to Spittal afterwards,” said Mr Greener. “We’re hoping to put them up at Conundrum Farm for the night and take them along to Spittal First School the next day for the pupils to see. If possible, we’re also going to take them to the front of Garden House Care Home.”

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