Christmas cheer

SALE Christmas Festival was in full swing on Saturday, with a huge turnout from the people of Sale and surrounds.

Festival-goers got into the Yuletide spirit, with a multitude of festive attractions including Santa's Workshop, Mrs Claus' Beauty Salon, a jumping castle, face painting, a photo booth and a nativity scene dress up.

Children revelled in riding the Little Toot Train, a miniature train that chuffed through the mall, or one of the zoo animals at the Pony Pals stall.

Those who attended bopped along to Christmas tunes from Sale City Band, Sale College band, Michael Harrington, Grant van Brummelen and Matt and Lucy Fitzgerald.

Organising committee member Joy Churchill was pleased with the attendance.

"It was a great day, a great success for our first effort. We were very happy with the community's response, everybody enjoyed it. The big hits were probably the little train and the Pony Pals," she said.

Gippsland Times advertising manager Julian McIvor was equally thrilled with the community's response.

"There was a lot of fun and excitement in the mall. It's good to have vibrant and enjoyable activities for the community.

"Lots of community groups got involved with a number of local businesses putting in significant amounts of money.

"Local bands performing really added to the atmosphere," he said.

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