A FANTASTIC festive Christmas Carnival brought light and laughter to the centre of Mexborough.
Junior civic mayor Cordie Freeman arrived in style with civic mayor Eva Hughes, in Sir Jimmy Savile’s prized Bentley to switch on the town’s lights.
And if the late Sir Jimmy had seen the merry Mexborough crowds, his “how about that then, guys ‘n’ gals” would never have been more apt.
Community spirit shone through as mums, dads, grans and grandads joined in the fun with the kids,
And for Santa’s little helper Seren Roper, seven, of Mexborough, it was almost too much...the wide-eyed youngster told the man himself that it was simply the “best day of her life”, as she helped him hand out lollipops and spread good cheer.
The celebrations were helped along by special guests Peppa Pig, Igglepiggle and Upsy Daisy from In the Night Garden, with rides, stalls, musical entertainment, puppetry and magic.
A grand finale to the day - leading to the big switch-on, saw a procession headed by Santa in his sleigh, with an old-style fire engine bringing up the rear.
“It was a really really good day”, said big-hearted community stalwart Tommy Joyce, who added: “A lot of work went in to the organising and it all paid off. Everyone had a great time, it was a brilliant atmosphere”!
The fun kicked off at 11am on Saturday, and continued throughout the day until the switch-on at 6.30pm.
Tracey Leyland-Jepson, Mexborough Community Partnership manager said: “We try to make the event better every year. It was great that Cordie, who is from Mexborough, was there to switch the lights on”.
Coun Sue Phillips said that council staff and Mexborough people had worked together to pull off the bumper event.