There is a Christmas Eve tradition that the Mayor and representatives from their charities, come to town to collect for the charities – I guess the hope is that everyone is in such lovely spirit that they’ll give generously! This year we moved the day to the Saturday as Christmas Eve was a Monday and not quite so likely to be busy in town. And to make it special in the hope that people was stick around a bit, the Dorset Youth Marching band joined in again and played for a good few hours to entertain the shoppers.
The band are always a brilliant draw – so bright and colourful (and loud of course)!
I arrived about 10am with my collecting tins and was joined by a few Town Councillors and charity representatives and between us we walked up and down for 3 hours collecting from the crowd watching the band. It certainly would not have been such a success without them – thank you DYMB! By the way, they’re looking for new members if anyone fancies banging a drum (I really really want to but may not qualify for the ‘youth’ bit)!
We collected about £322 which isn’t at all bad for a few hours work!