Mayor Cllr Gary Clarke and Mayoress Mrs Yvonne Clarke meet Santa and local youngsters (all pix: Stuart Williams)
Dateline: 3 December 2010
Excited Little Bloxwich folk, young and old alike, welcomed some special guests to Lower Farm this evening for the traditional annual switching-on of the estate's Christmas tree lights.
Mayor of Walsall Councillor Gary Clarke and Mayoress Mrs. Yvonne Clarke lit up the faces of local youngsters - and proud parents - when they were joined in a seasonal scene at 6pm by Father Christmas in his sleigh, sparking an excited rush by waiting children and parents.
Despite a lower turn-out than usual due to the bitterly cold weather, the ever-popular event went off without a hitch after both Santa and the Mayor were surrounded by eager youngsters on the snow-covered traffic island in Buxton Road, with many other local people looking on.
The Mayor (right) switches on the lights and later Cllr Bealey (left) joins Santa in a cheery festive greeting
Since 1996, Lower Farm has had a Christmas tree with lights, a tradition founded and organised by Mrs. Maggie Bull and the now disbanded Lower Farm Community Association who for many years arranged for the collection of donations in support of the tree and lights.
This year, as with last (when the lights were supported by the community) , the fine, big tree was donated by generous Bloxwich East Councillors Les Bealey and Bill Tweddle, and installed by Walsall Council workmen, with the lights (on this occasion supplied by Walsall Council) being switched on by the Mayor.
Cllr Tweddle, who has been ill for some months, was sadly unable to attend the ceremony but was ably represented by co-donor Cllr Bealey.
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