Santa Claus came to town on Sunday [Dec.11] at the first annual Friswells Hill United Children Christmas Parade.
The Pembroke neighbourhood’s parade featured participants from Corner Stone Nursery, Allan Warner Gombeys, Scoops Gombey Warriors, House of Prayer Sunday School Ministry and The Pathfinders.
Gifts for the kids were donated by the Coalition for Protection of Children while the Police Community Action Team handed out T-shirts and coloring books.
The Fire Department provided a truck for Santa to ride on, while Island Construction donated a truck which was used to carry speakers and other equipment during parade.
A variety of free food was available, all cooked and donated by ladies in the neighbourhood. Both Premier Paula Cox and Minister Michael Weeks were in attendance — as was Santa Claus himself. of course.
Friswells Hill United co-chairs Vernon Weirs Jr. and Terrie-Lynn Bascome said they were very proud of their committee and they will continue to press on.
Ms Bascome said, “We have all recognized that this has been a rough year for us all, and as a token from us to our neighborhood, we would like to share the holiday spirit with them.
“We are a small group of neighbors who joined together through frustration, irritation and discomfort. We have had enough of the gun play, drug selling and violence in our neighborhood and felt the need to create our newly formed Friswells Hill United Neighborhood Watch Group”
This is the third event the group has hosted in recent months, following the Neighborhood Clean Up and Barbeque, which was followed by a Movie Night under the stars.
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