Street Party is seasonal smash

FESTIVE SPIRIT: Mary (left) and Margaret (right) cosy up to Home and Hardware's Santa.
FESTIVE SPIRIT: Mary (left) and Margaret (right) cosy up to Home and Hardware's Santa.

A FAIR number of Christmas critters joined Santa and his reindeer on Girvan’s Dalrymple Street on Friday for the annual Christmas Street Party.

Costumed or not, Girvan residents wrapped up warm and headed out to enjoy the stalls, rides and festive frivolity of this year’s offering, which began with the traditional church service before Santa and his (real) reindeer made their way to Stumpy Tower and the comfort of their grotto - lit by some beautiful lanterns created by town children.

As Santa made his way along Dalrymple Street the chilly air sparkled with a festive glow as his magic brought Girvan’s Christmas lights to life.

Young folk enjoyed rides and attractions including a Bucking Reindeer and karaoke, while children got glammed up with facepaint and glitter tattoos.

St Andrew’s Ambulance volunteers and local police officers were on hand to make sure the celebrations stayed safe, while RNLI volunteers donned their yellow jackets and joined in the fun!

Marvellous Mascots and the 1000-year-old wizard encouraged revellers to spend their pennies at stalls held by groups including the Adventure Centre for Education, Girvan Attractions, and the Glendoune Association, before the much-anticipated 105-prize Girvan Youth Trust toy raffle was drawn.

In excess of £2000 was raised through this year’s raffle on behalf of the Girvan Christmas Street Party Committee, with nearly 40 local businesses contributing prizes and 12 winners electing to donate their prize to local children.

A further £103 was raised from Guess Mr Snuggles’ birthday, which was December 17, and the large soft teddy was won by Tricia Watts who asked for him to be donated to a local child for Christmas.