Sunday, 1 December 2013

Extravaganza, almost.....



Well not as much of an extravaganza as we had hoped.  The town lit the Christmas lights tonight and this meant the museum joined in.  Marcel offered his Punch and Judy, balloons and stuff, fun and games were on offer and the Twirling lassies performed.  However it appears most who came into town were drawn away from us by the variety of attractions elsewhere.  The shop was nowhere near as busy as hoped and far too few of the regulars were around today.  This Sunday, being the first of the month has tempted everybody to put on a show at the same time and left us all bereft.  Enough came to make it worth their while and we were happy chatting to those who arrived.  Much of the early morning was spent attempting to get three 'pricing guns' to work. I feel we failed at that!  How is it that something that is so easy to operate is impossible to reload?  Not one person had any idea, and four of us were at it at one point!  They still don't work, probably caused by the bashing they received.  


They would not let me on the train!  Pity, I like trains and as a kid always thought these roundabout wonderful attractions.  The other open with  variety of transport on board used to fascinate me, especially if we could climb upstairs.  The kids love them still, and only £2 a go, we used to pay 3d if I remember right.  


The girls attempted to do the Majorettes thing in spite of the cold sunshine.  Few were watching bar passersby heading into town, probably to the coffee stalls.  The girls appeared happy enough and I am told get around the country doing their show.


Some of the usual stalls appeared, all the way from Italy, via north London I expect.  Vast array of goodies on show which are beyond my miserly pocket.  This is a shame because all the fattening bread they and others offer I find delightful.  Mind you it does cost over £3 a go!  

  
I reckon this van did itself a lot of good today.  Both they and the fudge stall next door must have loosened a few purse strings, especially as they were right in the centre of activity.  Parents were pulled this way and that by eager kids, an occasional balloon would escape the owners hands flying, Helium powered, high into the sky, leaflets were shoved into unwilling hands for this and that, stallholders cries were renting the air, machinery ground away as turntables ran their course and almost smiling security men wandered, alert, through the throng.  It was good to see happy families with the kids, well cared for it appeared, occasional adolescents in the throes of first love strolled shyly hand in hand, six foot snowmen and furry animals greeted young children while the balloon seller wandered abroad with twenty balloons high above him leaving me wondering why he does not take off?  I left early as there were plenty of peoples to deal with things and headed home for the football, about which nothing shall be said.  The rest entertained with a choir, offered hot punch and lit the lights on the tree outside.  The council enlivening the decorations with blue lights on the town centre trees as opposed to an actual Christmas one (which of course has nothing whatsoever to do with Christmas!).  They looked good and I went out in an attempt to picture them.  

 
The night pictures are not too successful tonight as I did not take the time, too much clearing up going on and vehicles knocking me over were a bit of a nuisance.  However the roundabout was not too bad.


The place is quickly bereft as folks race home to eat their fill.  The kids grasping those balloons, some shaped by Marcel into dogs, spacecraft or swords, mum wondering if they are going to sleep with their faces painted like tigers or clowns, parents happy to get their feet up and watch trash on the telly.  For many an enjoyable day out.



9 comments:

Jenny Woolf said...

Love this vivid description of the town's celebrations. I don't suppose the children really minded so long as someone watched them (e.g. parents) they must be so pleased to do their act and feel important!
Shame on them not letting you ride on the roundabout, there are few enough simple pleasures in life!

It seems like a nice town. I wonder if they have people living in some of the flats above the shops. This to me makes all the difference to the atmosphere of a place at night.

And the decorations are better than the rubbishy ones you usually get in Oxford St these days. They unfortunately had Marmite ones in Oxford st. Words fail me.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Is it true that the hos in the area offer their services for free to those dressed like Santa--especially when they act real jolly while hollering, "Ho, ho, ho?"

Mo said...

Very pretty. Guess I better start getting out to take in the spirit of Xmas for posting.

Adullamite said...

Jenny, There are no flats above those shops, the shopping centre is locked at night, and the town's centre is unexciting at night, unless you love pubs!
A quiet town, boring for those 14-35 on the whole. But it suits me in many ways. Little to post about all too often!

Jerry, Wot?

Mo, Ah the spirit of Christmas, grumpy faces, girning at prices, complaining re weather, unsmiling staff in shops. That is the spirit to catch.

bigrab said...

Well hello again Dully. I hope Sunday's events haven't affected you too badly. Just to let you know I'm back down the blogmine.....

Orrabest

Lee said...

I could go a bit crazy at those stalls...my wallet is miserly, too...though not by choice! One of these days I'll win the Lotto...look out world!!

Adullamite said...

Lee, When you win the Lotto just remember your only friend, here in this cardboard box thinking of you in spite of his hunger......

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Hey, I have "acquired" some aluminum underpenning. So, I am not necessarily living out of a cardboard box anymore, but I sure appreciate you putting in a good word for me with Lee, my dear, dear Adullamite.

Adullamite said...

Oi! You golddigger you! keep off. She wants to give me her cash!