Jingling all the way through town

School cheer: St Colman’s School students showed off their love of Christmas in Mortlake’s annual Christmas parade along  the town’s main street, along with a number of community groups.

School cheer: St Colman’s School students showed off their love of Christmas in Mortlake’s annual Christmas parade along the town’s main street, along with a number of community groups.

RED, green and white were the main colours on show along Mortlake’s Dunlop Street last week during the town’s annual Christmas parade.

Hundreds of locals decked themselves out in holiday-themed costumes to celebrate the festive season.

Mortlake Lions Club secretary Heather Rowe said the event was a success and attracted hundreds of locals and visitors to Dunlop Street for the parade and to Market Square for carols.

“It was a really good night,” she said.

Mortlake Freemasons Master of the Lodge David Barry celebrated at the parade with a couple of children from Mortlake.

Mortlake Freemasons Master of the Lodge David Barry celebrated at the parade with a couple of children from Mortlake.

Children from the ‘Peas in a Pod’ child care centre enjoyed their trip down Dunlop Street last Friday.

Children from the ‘Peas in a Pod’ child care centre enjoyed their trip down Dunlop Street last Friday.

Fifteen floats made their way down the Dunlop Street service road from St Colman’s School to Market Square.

The Terang and Mortlake Health Service won the award for ‘Best Float’ for its summer-themed getaway for Santa Claus.

The ‘Peas in a Pod’ child care centre received the award for ‘Best Children’s Float’.

Simon Ritchie took home the top prize in the raffle, among four other lucky prize recipients.

Mrs Rowe said the carols showcased the best of the region’s musical talent, including the ‘Lakes and Craters Band’ and the Mortlake community singers group.

“They all had their own individual style,” she said.

Santa Claus took a relaxing break in his summer-themed getaway on the Terang and Mortlake Health Service float.

Santa Claus took a relaxing break in his summer-themed getaway on the Terang and Mortlake Health Service float.

Santa Claus spread his Christmas cheer from a specially made vehicle.

Santa Claus spread his Christmas cheer from a specially made vehicle.

A merry-go-round was a new addition which attracted several enthusiastic riders throughout the evening.

The children also enjoyed a visit from Santa Claus on a golf buggy, complete with a helpful elf as its driver.

Santa handed out bags of lollies and plenty of Christmas cheer to the children.

Mrs Rowe said she had received a lot of positive feedback about the evening event.

Parade spectators were met with a cold spray from a Moyne Shire truck last Friday.

Parade spectators were met with a cold spray from a Moyne Shire truck last Friday.

Local pride: The Mortlake Lions Club was one of 15 groups who made up the procession at the Mortlake Christmas Parade last Friday.

Local pride: The Mortlake Lions Club was one of 15 groups who made up the procession at the Mortlake Christmas Parade last Friday.

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