Families flocked to Ferndown to enjoy a day of entertainment prior to the Christmas lights switch on organized by the Chamber of Commerce with the help of Ferndown Town Council.
Entertainment included local singer Catherine Gray; the bumblebee band Gugge 2000 – who rocked out ‘Silent Night’ among other festive and not so festive favourites and a faultless set by Rebecca-Lee Clark and Carolos Anthony Heath. Christmas carols were sung beautifully by the Studio One choir. The top class acts that Ferndown attracts are a constant source of enjoyment for residents who applauded heartily after each performance.
Children’s rides, stalls, a raffle, mulled wine, mince pies, hot dogs and much more made the occasion a pre-Christmas winter warmer.
When Santa drew into town on a fire engine, the children couldn’t wait to whisper their Christmas wish lists in his ear before the jolly ‘old man’ turned on the Christmas tree lights in Victoria Road with help from the Mayor of Ferndown, Cllr Mike Parkes.
It was the best turnout for the lights switch on in that anyone could remember and the mayor said, “It was a fantastic event with a fantastic turn out. A huge thanks go to the Ferndown Chamber and the town council. I hope this is the start to a busy and prosperous Christmas in Ferndown.” He also thanked Haskins for their generosity in providing a Christmas tree in Ringwood Road.
The raffle, drawn by the mayor at the Barrington Theatre, was won by D Howell from West Moors and the Hudl2 sponsored by mags4dorset was won by 3-year-old Samuel Newth also from West Moors.