Whitby is set to celebrate the power of community this festive season in the Winterfest event which starts today.
The event, which lasts all weekend at Whitby Pavilion, will kick off with a live performance from Castleton-born musician Alistair Griffin tonight.
Budding Torville and Deans also need to prepare for Whitby’s first ever ice rink, situated in the ‘Food and Fun Pavilion’ in the car park above the main pavilion, which opens after the opening performance from Alistair.
The planners have worked hard to get organise the event, meeting on a weekly basis for around six months to bring the community together.
Winterfest has been organised by We Are Whitby, a group who wishes to build a healthier local community in the town by establishing mutually supportive relationships between businesses, social groups, cultural groups and individuals.
Chairman of We Are Whitby, James Fearnley, said: “We want people to come to this event to see how a whole community has come together to illustrate the power of community at Christmas.
“We also want to highlight the people who nourish and enrich our community through art, music, education, schools and we hope to reflect that in Winterfest’s three different areas.”
Winterfest is split into three key areas around the Whitby Pavilion.
The outdoor pavilion showcases Whitby food and drink producers and includes a 35- person ice rink.
“The way we work and the way we live pavilion” will be located inside the pavilion itself and includes traditional market stalls and entertainment.
“The way we celebrate life pavilion” promises to excite youngsters in the town as it includes a tent offering the chance to meet Santa, alongside singing performances from the local Brownies.
We Are Whitby has called on Whitby people to bring lanterns and show their support for the “Power of Community at Christmas Procession” which is led by Dr Crank’s vintage wedding car which will transport Alistair Griffin and Santa.
The procession will gather in Pannett Park at 5.45pm, before heading towards the Pavilion for the official opening.
Everyone is welcome to join the event and the organisers are particularly keen to encourage musicians of all abilities to join the procession.
The weekend is designed to excite the community with a vast array of activities on offer, a charge is made for some actvities such as Santa’s grotto and the ice rink.
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