Sunday, 19 December 2010| | | Friends of Ropner Park Christmas Event
Marjorie and I arose to Billingham being covered in about 5 inches of fresh
snow. We were rather dubious that Kevin, the Mayor's Attendant, would
be able to get to Billingham if the snow was bad in Seaham. He turned
up on time and said there was hardly any snow in Seaham and was very
surprised at the amount of snow in Billingham. As we were driven to
Ropner Park the thickness of snow got less, but Ropner Park looked lovely
with the snow. We were welcomed by Brian Scrafton, one of the Friends
of Ropner Park, who we have known for several years. We had a look
around the stalls before being offered a hot cup of coffee, which we
enjoyed. There were a group of musicians playing Christmas Carols
before Santa Claus arrived, much to the delight of the children.
Later the Church Choir from St. Peter's sang some carols. Our
daughter Helen and grand-daughter, Grace, arrived so it was hugs all round,
before Grace used my money on the stalls.
It was soon time to leave and said our goodbyes to everyone for a snowy drive home.
Mayor of Sunderland's Christmas Carol Service
This was a non-event as Kevin drove Marjorie and I towards Sunderland we ran into a blizzard and decided that it would be better to return home, rather than get trapped by the snow. When we arrived back in Billingham we had left the snow behind, but we were relieved to have got back home.
As this was our last day of mayoral duties before Christmas, Marjorie and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Sunday 19th December 2010
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