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Christmas festivities goes off with a bang in Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 10:52 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:01 07 December 2017

The Lairy Christmas Fairy and Magic Christmas Pudding entertained the crowds waiting for the lights to be switched on by Deputy Mayor Councillor Ashley Kissin.Picture: Ron Jeffries

The Lairy Christmas Fairy and Magic Christmas Pudding entertained the crowds waiting for the lights to be switched on by Deputy Mayor Councillor Ashley Kissin.Picture: Ron Jeffries

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Chrismas came to Barkingside with a bang at the weekend in the form of two festive events.

On Friday, (December 1) residents were serenaded by carols performed by Kingway Church Choir, New Essex Choir and 40 pupils from Glade Primary School at Ken Aston Square, High Street.

While little ones met Father Christmas and his wife at Fullwelll Cross Library, adults sampled mulled wine and mince pies.

Unofficial champion of Barkingside High Street, Harvey Sharpe said: “It was an absolutely fantastic event, Father Chrismas was absolutely mobbed with 90 children waiting for him and the face painting activities didn’t finish till 6.30pm.”

“I would like to say a big thank you to Percy Ingles for donating mince pies, to Baker Ross for donation presents and to Tesco for their donation.”

The event climaxed with the lighting of the Christmas tree, which was turned on by deputy mayor Cllr Ashley Kissin.

On Saturday (December 2) residents braved the cold to watch the Christmas posada event.

A Mexican tradition, during the Advent season nativity figures travels from Barkingside Christian Centre up and down the High Street in the shops on weekdays and in churches on Sundays.

Aldborough Hatch gravel campaigner, Ron Jeffries said the event kicked off with a short blessing outside Manna House before proceeding on to estate agents Bairstow Eves.

“Posada is a Spanish word meaning ‘inn’ and is the name of a Mexican Advent celebration in which two young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from house to house to proclaim the imminent arrival of Jesus and ask that the new-born baby be given a room,” he said.

“The idea has been adopted in Barkingside for some years,”

“On Monday December 18, the Posada will be at the Chequers for Carol Singing at 4pm and will then process through the High Street to the Fairlop Oak for more Carol Singing.”

Lots of shops and churches will be taking part including Boots on December 7, Barnardos on the 13th and Pie & Mash on 23.

The manger will then be laid at it’s final resting home on December 25 at Gants Hill Methodist Church, Gants Hill.

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