Chester at Christmas is, of course, buzzing with shoppers seeking seasonal gifts, but it is also known for its series of colourful festive Parades. In recent years I have tried to capture some of the feel of these with quick reportage sketches.
A Continental Market has grown in size in the Town Hall Square, and strings of lights and and Christmas trees brighten the evenings in the centre of the city
But never forget the suburbs like Hoole, cheerful with lights, and the tree that guards Handbridge at the Old Dee Bridge.
On the busy streets choirs and many musicians of all ages add to the atmosphere….
while hot food and spicy Winter drinks keep the cold at bay…..
Before the two Winter Watch Parades and the Roman Saturnalia, the main events are the ‘Turning on of the Lights’ and the Children’s Lantern Parade. There was a fever of activity by the great Cathedral door as the lanterns were assembled by the stewards and families…..
This is a great moment for the column of children as they progress through the streets with their lanterns high….
( next blog – The Winter Watch Parades)