Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Festive frolicks in Ross-on-Wye

Each Christmas, the "Gresleys" community in Ross-on-Wye sees the whole street, young and old, getting together for the "Christmas Switch On", when the homes on the street simultaneously switch on their plentiful Christmas lights whilst raising money for charity - this year for the Marine Conservation Society, St. Michael's Hospice and the Hope Trust.

It all kicked off with an explosive firework display over the darkened street, signaling the families to run inside to switch on their light displays - which this year included a seagull in a pear tree!

Around twenty houses on the street got together for two hours of mayhem, entertaining hundreds of Ross-on-Wye citizens who came to enjoy no end of Christmassy fundraisers. From "guess the weight of the Christmas cake", cakes, sausage rolls, mulled cider and cranberry juice to "hook a Christmas bauble", "throw a snowball through a letter box" and "throw a hoop on the snowman's nose" amongst many more activities.

Thanks go to the Gresleys community for their tremendous efforts, and to MCS staff members Sue Ranger and Peter Richardson.

Do you have any Christmassy activities planned? If so, let us know!

Our very own Peter Richardson dishing out mulled cider!

Hundreds of people turned out for the Gresleys annual "Christmas Switch On" - this year raising funds for MCS!

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