Leigh Lights 2015 Review

November 30, 2015 by Rob Kahl

Leigh Lights 2015

So Leigh Lights is done for another year and we all can breath a huge sigh of relief. Who knows how big this event will eventually become, but every year so far it seems to be growing hugely. This year was definitely the best yet with a fabulous procession from right back at Kings Road, that travelled through Leigh Road, into Leigh Broadway and finishing in Rectory Grove.

The precession included teams of dancers and singers, carnival queens, disney characters and of course the guest of honour Father Christmas himself.

Here at our offices at Scott & Stapleton, they were queuing outside the door to come and see everything that ourselves and leigh-on-sea.com had laid on. We had face painting, crafts, snow machine, children’s entertainer ‘Party with Sid’, Frozen characters Anna & Elsa with the superb Rock Choir just outside plus Father Christmas in his splendid Grotto meeting children and taking their christmas requests. 

One little girl apparently asked for the whole of One Direction, but I think Santa would struggle wrapping them up and getting them down the chimney. She seemed quite determined, so he might have to try?!?!

Father Christmas asked one little boy if he was going to leave anything out on Christmas Eve expecting him to say your traditional mince pie or maybe a carrot or two, but he said that he was going to leave out a BBQ pack of meat and a milkshake! I am sure that Santa will be pleased for the change, though I'm not sure how well it will go down with Rudolf and the other reindeers.

Once we had finished in the office it gave us all time to watch the precession go by. The crowds were 10 people deep and speaking to people walking by it was the same for the whole route. There must have been thousands of people here all having a great time in a fabulous atmosphere. It does make you think that maybe the Broadway should be pedestrianised all of the time?.... (maybe that is a good subject for another blog some other time?).

There are a group of people that must be praised to make this excellent event run as smoothly as it always does. The army of volunteers make the Leigh Lights what it is and what it has become. Plans have been afoot for months and people mobilised to ensure everything happens on time and safely.

As traders we all embrace the event and do our bit, but we appreciate without the volunteers it wouldn’t be half as good. So to all the volunteers that helped last Friday and before, we salute you and thank you for a fantastic evening.

I must wrap things up now because I have to finish cleaning the office!!!! Who knew that Father Christmases elves, Angels, Mrs Chistmas, Prince Charming, even Buddy the Elf could drink so much Prosecco and make quite so much mess? And who thought that bringing a 6ft fluffy penguin into an office full of people who might have had a bit too much mulled wine was a good idea? I am sure there are some pictures somewhere that will answer a lot of this for me!!!

I am in no doubt that mad Christmas pair Simone (Scott & Stapleton) & Jo (leigh-on-sea.com) in my office are already planning what they can rope us in to next year!

Well done ladies for organising a great evening of which we have already received brilliant feedback for!

Finally.... ALL the money raised on Friday was in aid of Hattie and her mum's chosen Charity 'Children with Leukaemia'... thank you to all of you that visited and supported it x