Ringwood's Christmas parade is cancelled

Bournemouth Echo: Father Christmas at last year's parade Father Christmas at last year's parade

THOUSANDS of families in Ringwood have been left disappointed by the news that the Christmas parade will not take place this year.

The annual procession through the market town was one of the highlights of the town's social calendar and always attracted a huge crowd.

Last year businessman Jim Stride stepped in after Ringwood Chamber of Commerce announced that the event had fallen victim to the economic climate.

But civic leaders have confirmed that no-one came forward to organise a procession this year.

Celebrations will be confined to a Santa hunt, plus a festive market with carol singing.

Councillor Michael Thierry, a former mayor, said: “Christmas in Ringwood is going to be rather low-key this year.

“The town has had some really good parades over the years with everything from reindeer to camels. Last year Father Christmas arrived by helicopter but this year nothing is happening at all.

“Jim Stride made it very clear that he wouldn't be able to do anything for 2012 and said he hoped other folk would come forward, but no-one did.

“I wouldn't say Christmas is cancelled but this year we've only got one cracker in the box instead of 12.

“There's a great deal of disappointment in the town. Something that was once a tradition has now died, causing a lot of regret. It's a great tragedy.”

The future of the event had been in doubt since the departure about two years ago of the long-time organiser, Belinda Charlton, who was manager of The Furlong shopping centre.

Cllr Thierry added: “Each year she did something to galvanise the town. The parade always ended up at The Furlong but the rest of Ringwood benefitted as well.

“It's something the chamber of commerce should get involved in. The town council don't see it as their function to stage something like this.”

See more festive stories at bournemouthecho.co.uk/christmas

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7:09pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Phixer says...

"The town council don't see it as their function to stage something like this"

So, what is the function of the 'town council' if it is not to encourage people to visit and spend money??
"The town council don't see it as their function to stage something like this" So, what is the function of the 'town council' if it is not to encourage people to visit and spend money?? Phixer
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7:25pm Mon 3 Dec 12

djkent says...

well judging by all the crimes recently i dont blame them ringwoods getting like new milton rough
well judging by all the crimes recently i dont blame them ringwoods getting like new milton rough djkent
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8:42pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Sign of the times.
A) no-one believes in old Saint Nick anymore,
B) Ringwood v Internet? Only ever gonna be one winner, and,
3) visitors don't like getting pointed at when they arrive in their new-tangled wheeled-horse-machin
es.......
Sign of the times. A) no-one believes in old Saint Nick anymore, B) Ringwood v Internet? Only ever gonna be one winner, and, 3) visitors don't like getting pointed at when they arrive in their new-tangled wheeled-horse-machin es....... Letcommonsenseprevail
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9:36pm Mon 3 Dec 12

dvdr says...

I, and hundreds of others, watched the Broadstone Parade last Saturday. It was a marvellous occasion, and we chucked lots of money into the collection buckets for the charities supported. Fortunately, Broadstone is still a village, and one with a heart, and it shows.
I, and hundreds of others, watched the Broadstone Parade last Saturday. It was a marvellous occasion, and we chucked lots of money into the collection buckets for the charities supported. Fortunately, Broadstone is still a village, and one with a heart, and it shows. dvdr
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6:58am Tue 4 Dec 12

EGHH says...

Bah Humbug!!
Bah Humbug!! EGHH
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8:35am Tue 4 Dec 12

Mr N James says...

Come on bring back Friday Frolics.
Come on bring back Friday Frolics. Mr N James
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12:38pm Tue 4 Dec 12

hadvar says...

"Celebrations will be confined to a Santa hunt"

Harsh I guess, but it could be made more sporting by exchanging the traditional red suit with a camouflage one. Then, equip the public with rifles, and give him a 5 minute head start.
"Celebrations will be confined to a Santa hunt" Harsh I guess, but it could be made more sporting by exchanging the traditional red suit with a camouflage one. Then, equip the public with rifles, and give him a 5 minute head start. hadvar
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5:45pm Wed 5 Dec 12

robert j says...

The Great Ringwood Hunt for Santa is going to be great. It’s got the backing of the Council with free parking and a donation. The Rotary Club and Forest Forge are involved and some of the tasks in shops etc sound great fun. And yes it’s a real Father Christmas in a fab grotto specially built!

See flyer I’ve copied below

Santa’s back in Ringwood!

But This Time he’s lost and needs you to find him!

So come and join the hunt for Father Christmas. See if you can find him in his wonderful magical grotto alongside some special four legged friends and receive a nice free present.

Starting from the Elf Station at Fridays Cross outside Paperview, follow the directions, solving clues and completing tasks to get one step nearer to meeting Santa! Along the way you will meet members of “The Gap” (from Forest Forge) who will help guide you in your quest. And it’s all free!!

There will be shops, cafes and restaurants open, Hot Roast Chestnuts, Great Entertainment, lovely Christmas Carol Singing and FREE PARKING!!!!

Come and have a wonderful Evening!
Tuesday 18th December

Start the hunt anytime between 3.30pm – 7.30pm
The Great Ringwood Hunt for Santa is going to be great. It’s got the backing of the Council with free parking and a donation. The Rotary Club and Forest Forge are involved and some of the tasks in shops etc sound great fun. And yes it’s a real Father Christmas in a fab grotto specially built! See flyer I’ve copied below Santa’s back in Ringwood! But This Time he’s lost and needs you to find him! So come and join the hunt for Father Christmas. See if you can find him in his wonderful magical grotto alongside some special four legged friends and receive a nice free present. Starting from the Elf Station at Fridays Cross outside Paperview, follow the directions, solving clues and completing tasks to get one step nearer to meeting Santa! Along the way you will meet members of “The Gap” (from Forest Forge) who will help guide you in your quest. And it’s all free!! There will be shops, cafes and restaurants open, Hot Roast Chestnuts, Great Entertainment, lovely Christmas Carol Singing and FREE PARKING!!!! Come and have a wonderful Evening! Tuesday 18th December Start the hunt anytime between 3.30pm – 7.30pm robert j
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