The biggest crowd yet poured into Whitehead on Saturday 30 November, for the tenth Victorian Street Fair and Christmas Lights Switch On.
Most Christmas revellers arrived by Translink from Antrim, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Greenisland, Hillsborough and Larne but then took the opportunity to journey back in time and enjoy the unique steam train experience.
The “town with no streets” thronged to the sounds of performances from street entertainers in Victorian attire, free fairground rides and old fashioned games, and traders and performers in period dress helped paint a wonderful Victorian scene which was only enhanced by the dry and bright weather.
The popular and free community event, organised by Whitehead Community Association and supported by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council did not disappoint.
In fact, Whitehead Presbyterian Church was at full capacity for the annual civic carol service led by East Antrim Accordion Orchestra, Whitehead Primary School Choir and Whitehead Ladies’ Community Choir.
Other highlights were the children’s lantern parade and performances from Bentra School of Irish Dancing, Uplift Performing Arts, Shindig, Whitehead Suffragette Society and Belfast Ukulele Jam to mention a few of the live entertainment line-up.
Organisers were delighted with how many local stallholders who got into the festive spirit of the event by dressing up for the occasion enhancing the experience for those who had come along.
Santa had his own magical grotto thanks to Whitehead Coastal Rowers and assisted the Mayor with lighting up the Christmas tree. The Victorian town was festooned by a closing spectacular fireworks display along the fabulous Marine Parade.
Feedback from families attending was that they all had a thoroughly good day out with 100 per cent of those surveyed saying that they missed this event last year and that they are already looking forward to next year.