Date fixed for Port Talbot’s Christmas Parade

30 October 2012

THIS year’s Christmas Parade in Port Talbot will take place on Saturday, November 10 – and Kevin Johns and Badger of The Wave will be here to give the big fella a helping hand.
The fun starts at 3pm in the Civic Square, where Kev and Badger will be entertaining people with music and fun in readiness for the arrival of Father Christmas and his big parade.
Santa is due to leave Port Talbot railway station at 3.30pm and to make his way up Station Road on to the square, where he will be joined on stage by the mayor and mayoress of Neath Port Talbot for the big lights switch-on at 4pm.
“Santa will say hello to the children, and there will be a few surprises,” said a council spokesman. “There are prizes of up to £120 for the winners of the best dressed group.”
The council has warned drivers that traffic may be halted for a short time as the parade makes its way from the railway station to the Civic Square.
Events officer Suzette Phillips asked drivers to be patient.
She said: “Thousands of people come to see Father Christmas arrive in the town, and it is the highlight of our Christmas celebrations.
“The council tries to make Christmas a magical time for children, and hope that drivers will be tolerant while they wait for the parade to pass.
“Safety is paramount when crowds are lining the streets, and officers need to be vigilant and follow all safety precautions as far as traffic is concerned.
Roads affected for around 30 minutes from approximately 3.15pm will be Talbot Road, Heilbronn Way, Station Road, Oakland Lane, Grove Place, Courtland Place and Tydraw Place.
Anyone wishing to join the parade should contact Special Events on 01639 860008 or email specialevents@npt.gov.uk for further information.

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