The Christmas spirit came early on Green Turtle Cay this year with a Thanksgiving dinner catered by McIntosh Restaurant. The dinner was a fundraiser for the events scheduled for the month of December. Other end-of-the-year events included the golf-cart parade, a boat parade, a performance by Greg Russell, a torch parade and a Junkanoo rush.
Lights have been hung throughout New Plymouth with the help of Floyd Johnson, Donnie Outen and Ronnie Sawyer.
During the evening of December 14, people gathered at the basketball court where students of the Amy Roberts School were waiting, torches in hand, to start their parade through town led by teacher J. Russell.
In the meantime, adults socialized, young children ran out their energy on the court and the older ones expressed their creativity by decorating Christmas ornaments.
The little paraders then lined up on the court and sang carols before being rewarded with a present.
The evening culminated with a parade of decorated golf carts, but unfortunately there were not as many entries as the organizers had hoped for. Five carts entered the parade with only two decorated and another with lights. However, the quality of the decorations made up for the scarcity of participants.
Led by a fire truck with flashing lights, Deborah Lowe drove through town with balloons floating in the evening breeze above her cart, teddy bears sitting on the back, and colored lights and tinsel flooding the small vehicle. Megan Sawyer followed her, with children in Christmas attire sitting in the cart that was topped with a big present, wreaths and Christmas decorations galore.
As they returned to the basketball court, the participants were met with judges who took their time inspecting the carts before announcing the results.
Mrs. Lowe was declared the lucky first place winner, receiving a dinner voucher for two at Harvey’s. Taking the second place, Mrs. Sawyer was the recipient of a luncheon for two at Pineapple’s. A massage was the third position’s prize; it will be enjoyed by Ricky Sawyer.
All three contestants received a bottle of cider.