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Hundreds of people turned out to enjoy Spittal’s annual Christmas celebrations on Friday night.

The highlight was a parade by Santa, accompanied by Spittal Gala Queen Marcia Hepburn, led by Pancake the reindeer.

Large crowds had already gathered to soak up the festive atmosphere, generated by music from Norham Brass Band, entertainment from Chris Wish, fairground rides and various refreshments.

After Santa had made his way along Main Street, the lights were switched on at the Christmas tree and carols were sung next to a nativity scene donated by a local family.

Mike Greener, secretary of Spittal Improvement Trust, said: “We were delighted with the turnout. It’s difficult to say how many people were there but it could well have been in the region of 1,500.

“We appreciate the donations that people gave to our bucket collection. It’s probably been our best year yet.

“We still lose money on staging the event but we feel part of our remit is to organise family friendly events, like the gala and seaside festival, which don’t cost a lot of money for families.

“It was great to see the look on children’s faces - and some of the adults too. We think it really helps to build up the anticipation of Christmas.”




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