Tuesday, 10 January 2006

The Mangere Bridge Santa Parade

For once it was overcast but not actually raining until Santa was almost finished his trip down the main street of the town ship. Last year it blew a gale and the poor fairies almost had hypothermia, traveling along on their float. The funniest thing this year was a person dressed up as a chicken she was really good made everyone laugh with her yellow legs dancing about …

The sudden shower at the end rather spoilt the after events in the park as most people headed home with their children instead of coming around for the lolly scramble and carol singing etc.

There were a lot of hot rods all making a great deal of noise; some veteran cars the oldest seemed to be 1905; the Vauxhall club was there and quite a few older style TQ’s Phil Johnson had two on a trailer, the Scottish pipe band played well, a number of RSPCA dogs, some floats with angels etc and the dressed up Kiwi Bird.

I think there were more people in the street than usual all the children were saying "toot the horn toot the horn" so there was a lot of noise from the different vehicles from little squeaks to huge air horns.

After a while we made our way around to Jim Boag’s for the BBQ, which was as usual a very pleasant event, most people bring along some food to share, salads, cake, homemade bread, meat sausages, nuts and raisins, etc.

The Shaw’s were there already; Gavin Welch who organized the parade with Angeline, Martin Healy, and Bud and Thelma went. The parade had two members of the club in their club cars Ken Carly in his Y and Bud and Thelma Semadeni in their Prefect ... Ken did not go to the BBQ as he lives at Pukekohe and had been in hospital recently so he went home.


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