Santa at the start of the Parade near the Fire Station on
|The Christmas Market stalls in Twyn Square|
Usk has had an annual visit from Santa and his Cairngorm Reindeer for many years to the delight of children and adults alike, but the cost of doing this may prove to be prohibitive in the future. I joined the rear of the parade behind Santa's sleigh dressed in Victorian costume with a collecting bucket, but although some people gave generously, sadly many more (mainly visitors to Usk, rather than residents), turned their backs on myself and the other collectors, seemingly expecting such things to just 'happen' year on year without any type of contribution on their part. Maybe it would help folk to know that the Reindeer Parade costs Usk Town Council about £3,000 to run, with the cost of the reindeer team and the charge for closing the road. It will be sad if this is the last one, but in this era of an ever dwindling public purse it is completely understandable.
After the parade, the reindeer enjoyed a rest on the lawn outside
The Sessions House
|Reindeer calf learning the ropes from mum|