Christmas parade is a Berry good show

By Carole Richards   |   competitions advertising   |
Thursday 23rd December 2021 8:46 am

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MORE than 30 vehicles took part in the annual Christmas parade around Berry Hill on Saturday (December 18).

They included tractors , vintage cars and a large contingent from the Forest Landrover group. The parade started from the Bracelands camp site in Christchurch and made its way through local streets to finish at Berry Hill Rugby Club.

The parade was led by Danny Dunkley - one of the organisers - with the Vicar of Christchurch, Rev Tony Williams playing carols in a trailer behind the International Harvester tractor.

Danny said: It started with the schoolkids three years ago who do a parade to Christchurch and then it just grew.

"During Covid, because people had to social distance, they stayed in their gardens so we brought the celebration to them rather than them going out

"We did D-Day, we always do a Christmas one, we do a summer one, a Hallowe’en one.

"Any event is an excuse to dress up and decorate your tractor.

"We’ve not had the chance to go to vintage rallies so everyone enjoys it

’’There’s been a very good turnout.

"There was Cinderford last week so a lot of people left the decorations on their vehicles to come over and join us.

’’They’ve had one in Cinderford for two years, it’s a good idea.’’

A small group will be out again on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, taking carol singers on trailer around care homes in the Berry Hill area.

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