What a splendid Cavalcade of Light 2018

The gods were with us.   The rain cleared, it was warm, and the wind dropped.   Just right for the switch-on of the Waltham Abbey Christmas lights and to watch the Cavalcade of Light go by.

The crowds gathered with eager, chattering children persuading the adults to buy them illuminated wands, hats and more.  The funfair in the Market Square and along Church Street was in full swing,

Meanwhile, behind the Town Hall in the Cornmill car park the illuminated floats were getting a final touch up, and the costumed pedestrians were gathering.

In the Town Hall Father Christmas was curling his beard so he looked at his best for this special occasion and, a great surprise as he has been ill for some time, the Waltham Abbey Town Crier was getting ready to begin the proceedings.

Although we are pleased to say there was no trouble of any kind, it was good to have a number of Police officers join us for the occasion, and these three were determined that they just HAD to have a picture taken with Father Christmas and the Town Crier.

Just before 7pm, Mayor Jeane Lea announced the count-down to the big switch on, and as the hundreds of voices got to zero on came the beautiful lights all round the area, including on the Christmas trees above the shop fronts.   The Mayor and Father Christmas entered the waiting sleigh and away went the Cavalcade. around the square in front of the Abbey and along Church Street to the Market Square and Sun Street.

 

Earlier in the evening there had been festive music, crafts and refreshments at Epping Forest District Museum in Sun Street, which was specially lit for the evening with stars projected on to the outside wall.

The Museum lit up for the Cavalcade

And the Abbey Church had remained open during the Cavalcade and hosted a large number of visitors afterwards to see the Church decorations, make purchases from the Gift Shop including the new 2019 Waltham Abbey Church calendar, and to enjoy mulled wine, tea and coffee and mince pies.   Providing entertainment was the Abbey Church Handbell Group, a lovely sound in beautiful surroundings.