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Cool Christmas at Patton Street Park

It was a windy welcome for Santa at Patton Street Park this last week but the Christmas spirit could not be dampened as the Patton Village Association (PVA) put on a fine event which saw many activities as well as the welcome visit from the big man in the red suit and white beard.

Certainly, stallholders and amusement operators faced challenging conditions as they struggled to erect equipment during set-up but by the 4pm kick off the wind had eased.

There was strong community support which surpassed the expectations of the Patton Village Association, organisers of the event, with more than a thousand people coming through the gates.

Funding from the NSW Government under the Children and Young People Recovery Initiative allowed for the free and varied activities for the children, including bouncy castles, merry-go-rounds and face painting.

Headspace and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) were there to engage with the young people in creative activities and alerted them to the local community services available.

Highlight of the evening was Santa’s arrival, along with a few of his elves to help out.

The delight on the children’s faces said it all.

Chair of the PVA, Larry Angell, said he was very happy with the success of the event

“We’re a small committee with huge passion, diverse skills and tireless dedication. The Park presentation was perfect, and nothing was overlooked.

“Special thanks to Broken Hill City council for how well the park looked and how clean the toilets were.

“We hope everybody enjoyed the day. The hundreds of people who turned up may not have been aware this event was pulled together by the small band of tireless volunteers of Patton Village Association, Ali, Sonia, Pat, Rachel, Tyrone, and new volunteers on the day Darrell, and elves Hannah and Erin. Imagine what we can do if we have a couple more volunteers,” Mr Angell said.

The Committee is now in planning stages for St Pats Youth Party in the Park on March 12, which will also be funded through the NSW Government Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative.

More information on Patton Village Association can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PattonVillage/

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