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Christmas night in park is success

SOME 500 people brought the festive season to Hotham Park in Bognor Regis.


The bumper turnout ensured the latest Carols in the Park was a success in spite of the variable weather.


The park’s bandstand and surrounding grassed area were swathed in lights. This provided the perfect setting to sing traditional carols accompanied by the Chichester City Band.


Last Sunday’s occasion was held by the Hotham Park Heritage Trust and Bognor Regis Rotary Club.


Anne Cranham, the trust’s chairman, said: “This was a very successful community event and I would like to thank all those involved.


“This includes the volunteers from both the trust and the Rotary club led by Sue Harris, and the support from Arun and Bognor Regis councils, and several local businesses.


“We look forward to all working together in the future and bringing people into the lovely setting that is Hotham Park.”


The singing was led by some members of the London Olympics Gamemakers and community choirs in the area led by Margaret Murphy.


Father Christmas arrived amid a fall of snow as the carol singing ended and all the children received light sticks to add to the occasion.


Adding to the festive atmosphere, there were mince pies on offer, to accompany a variety of hot drinks which included delicious mulled wine.

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