Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Exmouth Christmas Cracker Lights Up the Town
EXMOUTH’S Christmas Cracker is being hailed as the best yet.
The event – which kicked off at The Strand at 2pm on Saturday, December 7 and ran flat out through to 10pm – may have had an ambitious timetable, but most of it worked extremely well.
Taking advantage of the wide-open space in The Strand, and with the added benefit of Rolle Street being closed, the Cracker was more cohesive than in previous years, and had a joyful, spirited atmosphere.
Highlights included a performance by the Military Wives Choir and a spectacular Lantern Parade, building towards the Christmas tree lights switch-on at 5pm.
Led by Exmouth’s town crier Roger Bourgein, the parade – from the Magnolia Centre across to The Strand – comprised illuminated stilt-walkers, 30 Samba Santas from Street Heat and children from local primary schools carrying lanterns, including a giant model of the Mayflower.
Other highpoints included the Santa Dash and the fireworks at 9pm.
“The Cracker was amazing,” said Cracker organiser and Exmouth town management officer Suzanne Birkett. “I think it was our biggest and best yet. Thousands of people came along and it was busy all day.
“Each year we tweak it a bit, adding more in to it, to try and keep it interesting.
“It was just an incredible atmosphere. Everybody contributed so much, were in such good humour, and it was exciting, so I’m delighted with how it went.”