Community spirit helps festive night go ahead

Aysha Edwards with Seaford mayor Bob Allen
Aysha Edwards with Seaford mayor Bob Allen
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COMMUNITY spirit helped to see Seaford’s Christmas Magic event go ahead on Friday, after heavy snow saw the first evening of the planned two nights cancelled.

Seaford Town Council had worked alongside the Seaford Chamber of Commerce, Seaford Rotary Club and St Wilfrid’s Hospice to mark the occasion with two evenings of fun rather than one but sadly the severe weather conditions meant the plug was pulled on the Thursday night part of the event.

However, a group of people helped to clear the snow and grit the road and pavements on Friday, ready for stallholders to set up.

Seaford mayor Councillor Bob Allen praised the efforts of those that helped, including Seaford’s deputy mayor Councillor Martin Cornforth and Nick and Jo Allen. Seaford Town Council was also keen to thank staff from Lewes District Council who joined in the team effort.

Cllr Allen said, “It seemed to be quite successful, with quite a few people out. Unfortunately some of the activities like the Christmas Magic fancy dress had fewer entries because shops weren’t sure how well it would go.

“Some of the commercial premises couldn’t arrange to have their staff stay late. It wasn’t quite as good as it might have been but on the whole it went very well, I think stallholders were very pleased.”

As for the street entertainment, Splashpoint Music saved the day and a PA system was found which enabled the eagerly-awaited Archway Choir to perform and Seaford resident and former X-Factor contestant Daryl Markham was able to publicise the release of his Children In Need Christmas song, ‘Why Can’t It Be Christmas All The Time’. The planned market stalls had to be replaced with tables supplied by Wave Leisure, and there was the chance for shoppers to snap up various yuletide gifts and various winter fare.

Fish chowder and paella from Paul’s Plaice proved to be a sell out and very welcome in temperatures of minus six degrees centigrade.

Visitors to the event were able to see Santa in his grotto and enjoy the festive fun fair, which proved popular.

The fancy dress competition was won by Aysha Edwards from Clinton Cards and the results of the Treasure Hunt are yet to be drawn by St Wilfrid’s Hospice, who will notify the winners directly.