Father Christmas came early to Billington on Friday evening – much to the delight of children (of all ages!).
Sharp at 6.30pm, after the villagers had been reinforced with soft drinks or hot mulled wine and mince pies on the Village Green, Santa himself appeared.
Suddenly, a huge Christmas tree, donated by a villager, sprang into life out of the blackness of the night with a myriad of pretty lights.
Father Christmas then led the gusty singing of some popular carols, and delved into his sack to produce ‘goody bags’ for all the youngsters.
A spokeman for the organisers said: “Everyone then moved into the hall for a slap-up meal of risottos, lasagne, all with salad, followed by profiteroles and cream and accompanied by the usual array of soft drinks, wines, or more mulled wine – with a follow-up of tea or coffee.
“Having digested that lot, children’s games followed, which displayed an extraordinary amount of energy and hilarity, and finally, more games for all to join in, till about 10.30pm when an exhausted but very happy community melted back into the night!”
See the December 16 issue of the LBO for the more photos from the night.