Reindeer draw crowds at community Christmas celebration 

23rd December 2019


Two reindeer were the star attraction at Christmas on the Mag, a community Christmas celebration held on Magdalen Square on Saturday 21st December

MAG CHRISTMAS 2019BOrganizers estimate that around 450 people attended the event, which also featured a giant snow globe, Santa in his grotto, rides, and Christmas activities
Rev Matthew Price, Vicar of St Mary Magdalene Church, which hosted the event, said “As soon as the reindeer arrived, there was huge crowd around their pen.  The crowds didn’t really seem too thin at any point in the afternoon!”
At 4pm, as darkness fell, the community gathered around the flood lit stage to sing some favourite carols.  The carol singing was led by the choirs of Peterhouse Church of England Primary Academy and Ormiston Herman Academy, and accompanied by an ensemble from Great Yarmouth Brass.  The Peterhouse and Herman choirs also performed two pieces together as a combined choir
MAG CHRISTMAS 2019ARev Price continued, “It was wonderful to see the community come together in the run up to Christmas.  We wanted to provide a fun, community-centered event for all ages and stages and as I looked out from the stage during the carol singing it was brilliant to see all sections of our community represented!”
Local resident, Susan Stewart, said “it was lovely to see the reindeer and a lovely afternoon. Thank you to all involved”
Rev Price also expressed his thanks to the large team of volunteers who came together from the local community, the two primary schools, East Coast College, MESH and the two churches on the estate to make the event possible
He said, “An event like this takes a lot of work from a lot of people to make it happen and it was another sign of our community coming together that so many were willing to get involved and help out”