Christmas comes to Blackheath village

It really was hard not to feel very proud of the village and fortunate for living in it on Saturday during the first Blackheath Village Day.  Having attended many Christmas lights switch on ceremonies, and always enjoyed them (even last year’s rather improvised effort), your Radicals feel certain that last Saturday was, well, the best Christmas ever.

Thanks are due to lots of people, including: the local businesses who contributed to the new lights and who got in to the spirit of the day (special thanks from us go to all those offering mulled wine and mince pies – yes, we were the ones coming back for seconds and thirds…); the Conservatoire; Blackheath Halls; the Blackheath Society; John Payne estate agents (whose fabric bags are sure to become a collectors’ item); everyone who performed on the day; Lewisham Council; councillor Kevin Bonavia; local MP Heidi Alexander; Parés shoe shop and its superb manager; and, most certainly not least, Mr Nick Ferrari.

Here’s our pictorial account of the day:

Deck the Halls...

Deck the Halls…

 

So this is why we need the railings - to hang the bunting

So this is why we need the railings – to hang the bunting

 

Salvation Army band - wouldn't be the same without them

Salvation Army band – wouldn’t be the same without them

 

Where Santa buys his boots - Pares of course

Where Santa buys his boots – Parés of course

 

Next year's hobby is sorted - Morris Dancing!

Next year’s hobby is sorted – Morris Dancing!

 

Yes, it's a pig on a lead.  What more is there to say?

Yes, it’s a pig on a lead. What more is there to say?

 

Blackheath meets New Orleans - here comes the parade

Blackheath meets New Orleans – here comes the parade

 

10, 9, 8....

10, 9, 8….

 

Let there be lights - the villages brand new lights look great

Let there be lights – the village’s brand new lights look great

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