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Big THANK YOU to all the local residents and traders that got involved in our day. The high street looked fantastic and festive and there was a lot of people, with a great atmosphere. There was definitely bad timing with builders digging up the road first thing that morning and causing a lot of traffic and stress. We smiled through it however and did not let it spoil the day!

Specific thanks goes to (in no particular order):

Jenny Hodges (aka Mrs Myrtle) who came up with and executed all our wonderful window displays with the hidden Hilly the Dog in each. Thanks also to the traders who were up for this wonderful idea and got involved.

Thank you to Sarah Ballantine and Diana Staplehurst who organised all the stunning baskets of flowers on the bikes and baskets that were dotted along the high street. Big mention to Burts Bikes who provided 10 of the bikes and our lovely local residents who responded to a FB request and offered us the use of the other 10 bikes. Also a shout out to Sainsbury’s who provided us with as many flowers as they could at a reduced rate.

Thanks to Norma from Robsons for helping to put up the bunting in the semi dark on the Friday night and to Geranium for their annual daytime disco!

Thank you to Paws for Coffee for putting on the annual Dog Show this year and Park Lane Stables for their great pony rides and for loaning us their bales of hay for the Pets Corner. Big up to Georgia from Georgia’s Kitchen for wading through all the paperwork that was involved to put on these two events in the Park.

Thank you to Karen Roche from St James’ Church and Kevin Westbury from the Basement Door who planned all the live music at the Star that went down a treat. Each band and group performing gave up their time for free to play for us. Big mention to Colin from Build on the Hill who built us the stage and ensured all the flags were flying high.

It was great to see some of the traders get into the swing of the day and put on displays, promotions and refreshments etc.

There is a lot of time and effort that goes into organising these events so a big thank you to all those people who got involved.

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