A SEASONAL hail shower did little to dampen the festive spirit of hundreds of delighted children and parents lining the streets in Scarborough’s town centre yesterday to watch Santa in his sleigh pulled along by real reindeer.
The annual reindeer parade is one of the firm fixtures of the town’s Christmas calendar and set off from Boyes in Queen Street at 1pm before making its way through town towards Alma Square.
And two Evening News competition winners, Tonisha Plummer and Michael Found, took prime seats beside Santa in his sleigh.
Janet Jefferson, a resident and councillor of the Old Town area, said it was part of Christmas and children enjoyed the spectacle.
She added: “When you look at all the children that have come down here for it, it is worth it. Reindeer and Rudolph are what it’s all about.”
Amanda Shaw from Eastfield was there to watch the parade with her family. She said: “It’s nice. They’ve not seen reindeer before – they think they are good and tried to jump in with them.”
And 11-year-old Melissa Greenwood from Seamer said she thought the reindeer were cute and added that she liked the snow.
Sisters 15-year-old Amy and 12-year-old Molly Stockhill from Newby said they were not expecting to see reindeer in Scarborough yesterday.
Amy said: “It’s a nice surprise. I like them because they are pretty and friendly.”
Molly added that she was excited about Christmas and liked the reindeer. She said: “I like them because they are magical and this is the start of Christmas.”
Yesterday’s event followed on from the official Christmas lights switch on two weeks earlier.
Organisers are hoping to review the switch on event next year and have asked for suggestions on changes people would like to see made.