Santa arriving in Emsworth

Santa arriving in Emsworth

Rotarians at their marshals' briefing

Rotarians at their marshals’ briefing

On the clear, cold evening of Friday 25th November 2016 at around 5pm more than a dozen Rotarians turned out to assist in the marshalling of this event. An enthusiastic crowd attended switch-on of the lights in St Peter’s Square in Emsworth by the Mayor of Havant, Rotarian and Havant Councillor Faith Ponsonby with her consort Michael Ponsonby.

Carol singing in the squareRotarians handed out song-sheets for the families who gathered to join in with the carol singing led by children from local schools, and there was a triumphal appearance of Santa’s Sleigh as the switch-on took place. The sleigh then processed down to the Quay, where Santa was called upon to switch on the lights on the Lobster Pot Tree on the Quay-side before he retired to his Grotto to greet the children who had queued patiently in the cold. Mulled wine and hot-dogs were available to keep us warm and fed. Havant Rotary Club supplied the fabulous sleigh as they do every year.

The sleigh starting off