Christmas fun kicks off in Bracknell
December 06, 2012
Santa's arrival in Bracknell launched a weekend of festive fun as busy Christmas shoppers were treated to the town’s annual festive extravaganza.
Festivities started on Saturday with a rickshaw parade through the town centre as Father Christmas and his elves made the journey to their grotto in Bentalls department store.
The fun continued in Charles Square with a live performance from the Bracknell branch of Glee Club UK, who sang a selection of the biggest and best Christmas tunes.
The newly-signed Bracknell-based RnB group 3RA also took to the stage for a home-coming gig following the recording of a mixtape album. The group is made up of brothers Ly and Phrase and their friend Davis, who all met at Easthampstead Park School, in Ringmead.
Davis, from Great Hollands, said it was great playing a gig in his home town.
He added: “It was brilliant. It was great to be back and see some familiar faces in the crowd.
“We’ve been really busy recording our mixtape and debut single which is out next spring, it’s been a great experience.
“It’s scary doing big gigs, the best one we’ve played was in Camden but when people see us I think they expect quite a lot, luckily they’ve all gone well though.”
Dancing and singing for the crowds throughout Saturday and Sunday were performing arts group Artemis, which showcased its award-winning dance routines.
Bracknell’s Got Talent winner Joe Emmet wowed the crowd after blowing away judges during the final of the competition in May, before School of the Arts (SOTA) amazed spectators with a mix of music and dance to close the first day of festivities.
On Sunday, the ZingZillas visited Bracknell and put on a high-energy music show, getting the younger children involved in the celebrations.
Gemma Tizzard, of Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, said: “The fireworks are always fantastic because of Star Fireworks who do them for us, and these were just as great as always.
“All the performers were brilliant and entertained everyone passing by. I’m really happy with how it went, and there was such a good turnout despite the cold weather.”