Monday, 29 November 2010

Santa in the Harbour

Very many thanks to all who supported the Whitstable Harbour Christmas Market, last Saturday and Sunday and helped keep Christmas local.

Nearly 200 children visited Santa in his grotto over the week-end after his spectacular arrival from Lapland. Santa arrived at Whitstable Harbour Village in his own sailing boat hauled by a special detachment of the Whitstable Sea Scouts.

The Big Tree Cider Company kept the Kentish mulled cider flowing as visitors braved icy temperatures to enjoy fabulous music from local musicians. The Whitstable Choral Society, Malcolm J Holland and the sensational Rachael Gerrard performed on Saturday. Many of the songs were signed for the deaf, thanks to the services of Helen James.

Shoppers enjoyed Christmas food from Cloudberry Cafe, the Market Grill and Cocoa and Spice and a range of gifts from local independent traders.

Sunday saw Whitstable Whistlefish add some festive songs to the atmosphere before local favourite, Myles the Magic Wizard entertained children with his jokes and tricks.

Many thanks also to the Whitstable and District Chamber of Commerce for lending their information hut for the indoor gift market and to the Whistable and Herne Bay Lions Club for arranging the special visit of Santa Claus.

It was a lovely community Christmas event offering an alternative to Christmas shopping in air- conditioned shopping malls full of corporate chain stores.

It also raised money for local good causes.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Terrified in the Harbour

It's not every day that you see a load of witches, several ghosts, Frankenstein's monster, a werewolf and two vampires in a working harbour but that's why Whitstable Harbour is a little different.

For the Harbour Halloween Fun Day, nearly 60 children entered the annual fancy dress parade organised by village traders, Lynn Bolton and Keith Webber and some were as young as two years old.
However, cynical you might be about Halloween as a commercial American import, it was a lovely sight to see all those children dressed up and having fun.

Thanks also to Uncle Myles the Magic Wizard for providing some excellent entertainment and all the harbour village traders for being even more scary than usual.