Festive spirits soar at Craigtoun Christmas Fair

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It was a blustery start to Craigtoun Park’s Christmas celebrations but organisers refused to let the weather disrupt the whole weekend.

“Saturday was quieter as a result of the wind,” admitted Kyffin Roberts, chairman of the Friends of Craigtoun group. “But those who did come down enjoyed themselves.

“We couldn’t run all of the activities aplanned as the weather was atrocious. Putting up tents and bouncy castles in 50-60mph winds would have been impossible but Santa was still in his grotto and Puffin Billy kept running.

“As the weather improved on Sunday, so did the number of visitors and it seems like a good time was had by one and all.”

The cafe - the operation of which has been outsourced for the last three years - was open for the first time under the control of the Friends of Craigtoun group and there was no complaints from the customers.

“It went well and the customers seemed pleased with the new arrangements,” explained Kyffin. “Lisa Cathro who runs Zest in St Andrews, has been helping us prepare to take over control when we re-open for the season next year.”

The Café in the Park will be open during the winter months on Saturdays from 8am.

Bill Sangster, secretary of the Friends of Craigtoun Group said: “The Park is always busy with runners, dog walkers and visitors so it will be a welcome sit down and chat over a hot drink.

“The Friends want to thank all of our volunteers, helpers and thousands of visitors from throughout the year a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”