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Candlelit Dartmouth is great success

Candlelit Dartmouth has been hailed the biggest and best Christmas celebration of its kind so far.
And that is despite the fact that it almost never happened.
Hundreds of people poured into the town centre to watch or take part in the now traditional candlelit parade.
Santa turned up by boat – even if he did have to hitch a lift into the Dartmouth Boatfloat so he could get ashore.
The town got switched on by mayor Paul Allen.
And the townspeople were entertained with carol singing and music around the Royal Avenue Gardens Christmas tree.
But the two-day event of fun and candles very nearly did not happen this year as organisers came close to calling it a day.
And it only went ahead financially after an appeal to local businesses brought in an extra £1,200 to help fund the major event.
Candlelit Dartmouth committee chairman Steve Thomas said after the weekend of music, markets, candles and Santa: ‘It went stunningly well. It was really good. The weather was absolutely superb. It was dry, no wind, sunny and cold.
‘I think that overall it was the biggest and best we have had. In other years we have had lull periods when not a lot was happening but this year it seemed to sustain the crowds throughout the weekend.’
He pointed out that this year Candlelit Dartmouth almost never happened after many of the organising committe members decided to call it a day.
It still needs people to step in to the breach if it is to be a similar success next year, warned Mr Thomas.

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