Newport stepped into Christmas!

By Mal Butler Dec 8, 2023

Newport sparkled as the town ‘Stepped into Christmas’ for a special fun-filled day of celebrations on Saturday.

The event was being held for the second year and Paddy McHugh, chairman of the Newport Carnival Committee, said: “We run it alongside businesses in Scarrots Lane. Sharon and Martin Broadby, of the New Rembrandt Gallery, contacted us last year to see if we could put something together.

“The town’s lights are switched on early in November, so we thought something nearer Christmas would bring people into town.

We work well together and it brought a lot of people here to shop locally. The council helped as well because there was free parking.

“There was a real buzz in the town and a continuous flow of people even though it was bitterly cold. There were market stalls, lots of vans selling food, a chance to visit meet Mr and Mrs Claus and the Snow Queen, with her Siberian huskies.

“The parade around town later in the afternoon was fantastic with children from Hunnyhill and Summerfields schools taking part, as well as the Young Farmers with around 14 decorated tractors and a couple of dressed horses.

“The parade started at 5pm and finished around 5.45pm – just as the rain started to come down, so it was perfect timing!”

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