Plenty of good cheer!
Despite the rain Henleaze Christmas Festival again proved to be one of the community`s most popular events.
Hundreds of people braved the weather to enjoy the mix of stalls, late night shopping and a variety of entertainment both in the outside arena and the Bradbury Hall.
Co-ordinator Jane Emery said: "It was a very successful festival. The weather meant numbers were a little down but plenty of people still came and enjoyed a wonderful evening. Stall holders were delighted with the amount of business they did."
Regular entertainers like Henleaze Junior School Show Choir, who again opened the evening, and the Panama Jazz Band were joined for the first time by Badminton School choir with carols and seasonal songs.
There were also new acts in the Bradbury Hall - Circle Arts and Westbury Scottish Club Dancers - both with audience participation which proved highly popular. Along with Redmaids` choir and bell ringers and the Hum and Drum Recorder Group it made for a busy evening in the hall. The choir from Trinity Henleaze United Reformed Church ended the evening with community carols. The Salvation Army Band were much in evidence throughout the evening playing in the Outside Arena and around the festival.
A highly successful Prize Draw, with prizes including a luxury hamper and a hot air balloon ride, meant that in excess of £2,500 will be distributed among the five nominated charities and the Air Cadets who help with marshalling and the festival clear up at the end of the evening.
The organisers are appealing for help to find two of the metal road signs which were missing after the event. Jane Emery said: “We are not sure where or why but we now have been charged for these from the hire company. Obviously this will eat into any profit that the festival makes and could affect the amount that goes to Charity. If anyone has seen these dumped anywhere or knows of their whereabouts please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
“Once again I am grateful for the committee of volunteers who work throughout the year to make the festival possible. But if we are to keep the event going we will always need more people to offer their services.”