A Festive Start To The Season

December 2, 2016

There was a great turnout and lots of Christmas cheer to start the festive season in Perry Common, at this year’s Christmas On The Ring.

With fun rides, including the ever popular Rodeo Rudolph, food, craft stalls and fun activities – face painting, tombola and hook-a-duck and lots more, there was something to entertain everyone.

The weather stayed dry and the ground was crisp under the floodlights of The Ring, which made ideal conditions for the crowds to watch an evening of excellent live performances and to wait to see our special guest of honour, Santa, who took time out of his busy schedule to be at the event for the evening.

To entertain everyone, there was a host of live music acts, who gave performances throughout the entire event, starting with a medley of festive songs from the Story Wood School Children’s Choir, Christmas Carols from the Ring Of Sound –Perry Common’s very own community choir- and 3 superb dances from the Wan Sheung Chinese Dance Group, organised by the Birmingham Chinese Community Centre.

This was followed by excellent vocal performances from local artists Demi Caprice and Sophia Lee, with a performance from WLCA’s very own Dellano Lewis Mr ‘Bee Niice’ and music from the Urban Devotion Birmingham Youth Group.

Santa had a very busy night, with over 300 children entering his Grotto to say what they wanted for Christmas and receive a special early present.

“I really enjoyed seeing Santa and can’t wait to open my present” said Sophie age 7, who visited with Liam, age 5.

The festive marquee was also a hive of activity.  Hook-a-Duck and Tombola were busy all evening, as was the Christmas Card making.  All these activities took place alongside craft stalls, tasty cakes, face painting and a host of local organisations with interesting stalls and lots of prizes to give away.

One such stallholder was Ellie Russell, age 14, who was giving a helping hand to Nita and her craft stall.  Ellie comments: “I am doing work experience and I’m really enjoying being here tonight.  It’s been a really good event.”

Christmas On The Ring was organised by WLCA, in partnership with local organisations, including: The Net, St Martin’s Church and Urban Devotion Birmingham.

Paul Tse, Flourishing Community Development Officer at Witton Lodge Community Association says: “An event like this take a lot of organising.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped organise the evening and make it such a success.

We had a great turnout and everyone looked as though they were having a wonderful time, with fantastic live music, stalls to look around and rides and attractions to enjoy.  It was a really good start to the festive season.”