Last night saw the annual Christmas Street Party in Girvan. I attend this every year without fail, the kids love it. This year the weather was excellent, still, dry, crisp, not too cold; trust me that makes all the difference in Ayrshire for outside events! Now I did not see everything that was going on and I am sure we missed a lot of it but here is a wee account of what the family got up to across a couple of hours.
Some people like to play Girvan down as a town past its prime but last night you would not have thought this at all. Beginning at the local primary school the smaller children assembled with little lanterns they had made in class, got an electric light in each of them, then proceeded through the town. My lot were in the thick of this and enjoyed it a lot. Upon entering the main street the procession halted and awaited the arrival of Santa Claus in full costume with his aides and his sleigh pulled by actual reindeer. The main road through the town, Dalrymple Street, was closed to traffic and had instead been turned into a little fair with most of the shops open and many trade stands and a handful of kiddy rides and one much larger carnival ride for teens and adults. As we progressed I ducked out and visited the Inverness Fudge van which makes the trip down here every year. My coat pockets filled with excellent fudge I went on to the Stumpy Tower at the end of Dalrymple Street.
Santa had set up his grotto in the Stumpy Tower which was an excellent idea as the children formed a very orderly que more than two hundred long (got to love the British ability to que!) around the tower and watched as the town lights were switched on a set at a time ending with the town tree. While they were waiting my lot got to see the Reindeers close up and to pet them as well which was a highlight for the little Warrior. Santa himself was in fine fettle and handed out gifts to all the children (at a donation of £1.00 each to their parents which was a nice surprise, big plus to Girvan on this!). There was then a short interlude before the crowd moved back into the closed road and started in earnest at the stands and rides. There were also a good half dozen ‘mascots’ dressed up as favourite cartoon characters walking up and down, this was a nice touch too. Plus several organisations handing out bags of sweets and mince pies and so on freely.
But my lot had a different plan than going back down the street. We headed for The Roxy bar for its nineteenth year anniversary fireworks and freebies celebration. My children are big fans of fireworks and of the Roxy too as we go there for dinner from time to time. It was packed out which was good to see and we secured a good place to watch the five minute show. I will admit to a sly pint of beer at the bar while the whizz bangs were a’happening. The Roxy is the best pub in Girvan bar none to me.
Here are some pictures taken by my Good Lady. I have captioned them to let you know what is going on in each:
I am sure I have missed things out but be assured it was an excellent evening and if you are in Ayrshire or even further away and are passing next year…pop by, we are a friendly place indeed.