Christmas parade returns

SALE streets were lined with Christmas cheer at the weekend with the return of the Wellington Business Association Christmas parade.

Cancelled last year, the parade made its way down Raymond St to Brennan Park because of the closure of the Sale pedestrian mall for renovation work.

People emerged from shops, camera phones in hand, as a Longford fire truck cleared the path for Sale City Band to lead the show, walking in formation as passers-by stood on tables and chairs to get photos.

Before the parade had even begun, people wandered into the St Columba’s Uniting Church car park to get a sneak peek.

A group of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral parishioners, dressed for a nativity scene, walked away with the title of best group in the parade.

Another favourite, Sale City Rollers, who participated in running a cake stall at Brennan Park after the display, received whoops and cheers from family and friends in the crowd as they skated their way down the street, followed by hot rods.

In a sea of black and white, representatives of Sale Football-Netball Club displayed its many end of season trophies in a show of the club’s success, waving to people as they passed.

Dogs from the East Gippsland Dog Obedience Club joined their owners in the march, delighting children, while Sale Scouts and Cubs handed out lollies like good little elves.

Scouts were among the children who ran up to Santa as he arrived at Brennan Park on the back of a Sale fire truck, queuing up alongside others outside a gazebo where Santa listened to everyone’s Christmas wishes.