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Best in a decade

Monday, 7th December, 2015

Santa finishes the pageant procession in Argent Street on Saturday. Santa finishes the pageant procession in Argent Street on Saturday.

By Patrick Reincke

The testing heat didn’t stop Broken Hill from putting on one of the best Christmas pageants in a decade.

Thousands lined the streets to watch 64 festive floats roll through the city with South Rotary Club Pageant committee member Bill Parker saying it was outstanding to see.

“We were blown away,” he said. “The standard was excellent, the floats were imaginative and it’s the biggest turnout in the last decade.

“All in all, it was wonderful.”

Mr Parker said three weeks out from the pageant, only six floats had been registered, and that it was quite disconcerting.

But after seeing the overwhelming response from the community, he said it’s been one of best in recent years.

The convoy of floats had a wide variety of businesses, clubs, schools and much more on display.

From the Silver City Riding Academy to the BH Gymnastic and Kindergym Club, from the Barrier Sporting Car Club to even Hocko’s Chicken Shop, they lined the streets for all to see.

The pageant was capped off with the arrival of a special somebody.

Leaving his workshop and the 14 degree temperature of the North Pole, Santa took the time to visit the Silver City in conditions that had him breaking a sweat and drinking plenty of water.

He got through the warm conditions and continued on his merry way to the party in Sturt Park.

He was quite the busy man earlier in the day as well, appearing in this year’s Ulysses Toy Run.

A congregation of more than 100 motorcycles amassed at Westside Plaza mid-morning on Saturday before rolling out on their route.

Santa chose not to straddle a rumbling motorcycle, but sit in the air-conditioned comfort of a Saab convertible.

Toy Run organiser Wayne Orr said the run received a great turnout and was an all-round success.

“It’s been great, magical,” he said. “Lifeline is really excited about the quality of gifts that have been donated to the Run.

“There’s been a lot of new and younger riders this year and despite being a bit warm, they all enjoyed it.

“It’s been another great year and I hope we can do better in 2016.” 

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