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Tuesday 17 July 2018

Great spirit as Wexford lights up for Christmas

CELEBRATIONS SWITCHING ON OF WEXFORD'S CHRISTMAS

ANNE MARIE O'CONNOR

BEN10 turned on the Wexford Christmas lights! Or, rather, Ben Creane, aged 10, from the CBS Primary School, had the honour on Sunday after winning a Sam McCauley's writing competition about the meaning of Christmas.

The excited youngster got to illuminate the town on Sunday evening, after a fantastic festive afternoon along the Main Street.

The official turning-on of the Christmas lights was delayed this year because of the snowy weather.

However, people were eager to make up for lost time on the Main Street on Sunday and there was a real 'feel good' feeling along the main shopping mile.

Sam McCauley's were the main sponsors of much of the frivolity and, as sponsors of Wexford Pantomime's 2011 production 'Mother Goose', they encouraged their larger-than-life panto characters to come out in costume for the day.

They made for a colourful spectacle and were joined by members of Buí Bolg, who were real life Christmas Trees and polar bears. Santa also turned up on his sleigh.

Mayor Joe Ryan was present for the occasion, as was Patrick McCormack from Sam McCauley's and Madeleine Quirke representing Wexford Chamber of Commerce.

Music on the day was provided by the angelic voices of Young Wexford Singers and Rowe Street Junior Choir under the baton of Eanna McKenna.

All Ireland Talent Show hopeful Daniel Furlong also added to his substantial fan base when he sang Christmas classic 'Walking in the Air' for the appreciative crowd.

According to Annette Walsh from McCauley's, it was a special day on the town: ' There was great Christmas spirit and there were a lot of people around when Ben turned on the lights at the big tree in Redmond Square.'

Ben won the honour to turn on the lights after writing a piece of prose entitled 'What Christmas Means To Me'. He also won a €50 One4All voucher and a laptop and printer for his school.

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