Children and senior citizens were once again the recipients of gifts and good cheer when the East End Community Development Committee held its annual Christmas party.
People began gathering at the district’s Heritage Beach from 4pm for the anticipated programme, presentations by Santa and delicious food to round off the evening.
Although activities did not get started on schedule, once they did Mr. Marquis McLaughlin did his best as master of ceremonies to keep things going.
Committee chairman Edney McLean welcomed everyone, MLA Arden McLean brought season’s greetings and Mrs. Nadine McLean read from Scripture.
When featured performers failed to appear, Mr. McLaughlin sang, recited and improvised, inviting youngsters on stage for what he called specials.
Midway through the programme, senior citizen Arturo Bodden was called on to light the Christmas tree.
At the keyboard Ms Linda Ebanks played traditional carols with such feeling that most people in the audience were moved to sing along.
Santa Claus’ arrival pretty much coincided with sunset, but youngsters still seemed able to follow the track of candies flung from the back of his truck.
Organisers did a good job of getting them to form lines according to age so that Santa could distribute gifts without undue haste or confusion. The earlier delivery of large boxes of gifts beautifully wrapped may have been an extra incentive to good behaviour.