Santa arrived in Lerwick town centre once again on the deck of the Lerwick Lifeboat to the delight of hundreds of children waiting to greet him on Victoria Pier. The 2022 town centre Christmas parade was a great success.
Organised by the Realta Events project team on behalf of Living Lerwick, the town centre was packed with thousands of excited and happy faces as they waited for Santa to come ashore and lead the parade through Commercial Street.
He was accommpanied this year by two elf helpers as well as his usual companions - Lerwick Jarl Squad, Peerie Foxes nursery bairns and the Moar family with their incredible fleet of quads and christmas themed trailers. The Lerwick Brass Band were in good tune and the parade was also joined this year by the Bigton Samba Band who provided a fantastic upbeat tempo to the event.
Emma Miller said “there was a great festive atmosphere in Lerwick, and it was brilliant to see everyone enjoying themselves. It’s a great way to bring the community together and celebrate the festive season. The community continue to support businesses on the street and the parade is their way of thanking everyone.
“We also have a list of people to thank who have helped the parade happen – this is a massive effort by so many people, and it couldn’t happen without every one of them giving their time and effort.
The crew and volunteers of the Lerwick Lifeboat station; Lerwick Port Authority staff; the Moar family and Peerie Foxes; Jarl Liam Summers and his squad; Lerwick Brass Band; Bigton Samba Band; Brygarth Pony Stud and handlers Eilith Gunn and Caitlyn Bennet; Olaf and Maunsie; Shetland Coastguard Service, SIC Roads Service, volunteer traffic steward; Bixter Garage; Derek from Active Audio, John Coutts and, of course – Santa!”
The team also delivered a range of other activities during December such as the Elf window trail, the best Christmas Window competition and the bumper draw in the local loyalty scheme - Spend at da Street.