An incredible night was enjoyed by many in Overton on Friday evening at the Late Night Shopping event.
Several of the village centre businesses opened until 9pm and were buzzing all night, with crowds of people supporting our local shops.
Father Christmas made a noisy arrival on the fire engine – to the joy of all of the children, waiting patiently. Thank you to Overton Firefighters for providing safe delivery of the main man and for then spending the rest of the evening in the square delighting the children with the chance to sit in the fire engine and try on the iconic yellow helmet!
Many of the younger children also had the delight of making marshmallow snowmen, with Cookery Doodle Doo, and the chance to meet Father Christmas himself, and came away with smiles from ear to ear, clutching their bag of chocolate snowballs, kindly supplied by the Co-Op.
The Community Centre car park was also a scene of light and laughter with the ride-on cars going non-stop, the donkeys continuously being fed carrots, the overflowing Overton School Association Toy Tombola, the wonderful Rotary Reindeer and the melodious carol singers from the churches.
The KJ Smith Solicitors’ hessian bag were also seen being carried by local residents, perfect for plastic bag free shopping this Christmas.
It was sad to see Phill’s Prints’ closing down sale, but we hope to see a new business welcomed warmly to this supportive vibrant village soon.
Thanks to Martin Fielder from Parnell Jordy and Harvey for spearheading this year’s event on behalf of the Overton Business Association and to Basingstoke and Deane’s Rotary Club members who not only looked amazing in their elf costumes but were also committed, enthusiastic and helpful throughout the cold, frosty evening.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas….
Image credit: Tiffany Gardner and Holly Foat