Around 1,000 people flocked to a special Christmas event on the Kingsmere Estate in Eastbourne, which raised more than £1,700 for charity.
Visitors were treated to various craft and gift stalls, raffles, sweet games and even Father and Mother Christmas made time in their busy schedule to meet children and hand out gifts.
Carol singing by children from Langney County Primary School choir added to the festive atmosphere and there was also a karate display for all to enjoy. East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service took along a fire engine, which the children were pleased to look around.
Resident Tanya Ridley said, “The event was a massive success. In the 10 years I've lived on this estate, I have never seen an event with this sort of attendance.”
Tanya praised Richard Chapman and his family and friends who organised the event and who have created another fantastic Christmas lights display in Horsa Close. The lights will be up until Christmas and all money raised will go towards the Children with Cancer Fund in Polegate, which helps families with young children facing cancer.
Sovereign Ward councillors Gordon Jenkins and Penny di Cara had agreed to donate £250 from the Devolved Budget to purchase computer equipment to use to promote the occasion. Newly elected councillor Paul Metcalfe was invited to officially open the event and get things started.
Tanya said, “We had a great deal of help from local businesses, residents and our councillors in funding this event. The funds donated by our councillors helped to pay for the construction of a sleigh for our Mr and Mrs Christmas, which made its way to see most of Eastbourne and brought joy to all. The funds also helped to buy gifts for the children visiting Santa.
“I would like to say a big thank you for all the donations given as it has helped bring people together. Without these donations, this event would not have been the success it has been,” she added.
Cllr Metcalfe said, “It was a superb event with a massive turnout. I can only praise everyone involved for what they did and there was a wonderful community atmosphere.”