‘‘DAYS like this are one of the great things about living in a small community”, was one of the comments made as Bluff celebrated the arrival of the festive season with the annual Bluff Christmas Parade and Christmas In The Bluff Gala Day last Sunday.
The parade travelled down Gore St (State Highway 1) from 1pm with motorcycles, marchers, walkers, cars, hot rods, floats and more, with Santa Claus following on to meet the children at the gala day, hosted at the oyster festival site.
Santa was in demand there as children queued to meet him and have their photo taken at the his grotto, while around the site people mingled, caught up with friends and enjoyed the entertainment and craft stalls, while the children enjoyed the free entertainment and games.
Christmas In The Bluff committee member Debbie Fife said it had been the biggest ever crowd since Christmas In The Bluff started many years ago.
“Everyone was very happy”.
Parade organiser Alison Patrick said the parade attracted plenty of positive comments, with some saying it was the best to date.
“I want to thank the judges who judged the best float and best costume competition easy job with such large numbers.”
Prizes totalling $500 were given to parade participants with Bluff Real Estate supporting prizes for the three best floats, while the Foveaux Hotel sponsored the prizes for best costumes.
At the gala day, Foveaux Hotel won the Best Decorated Christmas Tree, with Sanfords and Bluff Plumbing runners-up.
- Lindsay Beer is the Bluff publicity and promotions officer