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Santa brings Hah-R-Mony from above

Published:Wednesday | December 27, 2017 | 12:25 AM
Santa and his elves arrive in a fire truck bucket.
Santa and his elves above the crowd in a fire truck bucket.
Santa Claus is flocked by several children on arrival at Hah-R-Mony in the Park on Christmas Day, at the Old Hospital Park in Montego Bay, St James.
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WESTERN BUREAU:

Last year Santa Claus arrived by boat. This year, he created even more intrigue with blaring sirens from a fire truck owned by the St James Fire Department.

Accompanied by two of his elves, Santa brought some 2,000 gifts to scores of children at the second staging of the Christmas concert and treat, ‘Hah-R-Mony in the Park’ at the Old Hospital Park, Gloucester Avenue.

Sponsored by Hah-R-Mony Entertainment Limited, the event was a mixture of entertainment and fun, attracting a wide cross section of persons, including hundreds who otherwise would not have had a chance to revel in the holiday festivities.

Scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. start, parents and their young children began trekking into the park from as early as 12:30 p.m., hoping to be there in time for the expected arrival of Santa Claus who last year “brought the house down”.

And they would not be disappointed! With the activities in full swing and the park literally bursting at the seams, it was a loud and enthusiastic cheer from the now frenzied crowd that signaled the arrival of Santa Claus approximately 4:45 p.m., this time courtesy of the Jamaica Fire Brigade.

And not even a brief glitch where he got tangled in a mango tree while landing could mar the hugs and handshakes that greeted the Jolly One following his disembarkation from the fire truck.

...Great turnout for Hah-R-Mony in the Park

An obviously pleased chief executive officer (CEO) and corporate entertainment director of Hah-R-Mony Entertainment, Ho-Chi-Min Castillo Rolffot, said the turnout and the “happy faces” of the young children at Hah-R-Mony in the Park have all but assured that “we will continue to do this every year”.

“I am again both humbled and overwhelmed by how popular the event has become in only its second year,” he explained.

“We thought to ourselves that we would up the ante on the entertainment side of things this year and were very happy to see how responsive and excited the children were…how much they revelled in the activities that were coming from the stage.”

Rolffot noted that in addition to the 2,000 gifts that were handed out, Hah-R-Mony also pumped over $1.5 million into the production and execution of the event and “will be coming back bigger and better in 2018.”

The Hah-R-Mony CEO also pointed out the need to attract other sponsors, adding that “the more sponsors we have are the more we can do for the children here in western Jamaica”.

“I also want to single out the St James Municipality and Mayor Homer Davis for their assistance,” he added. The parents too must be commended for their participation.”

For her part, teacher and Montego Bay resident Ann-Marie Brown said the event was a welcome respite from all the bloodletting and bad publicity which has been plaguing the tourism capital.

“This is very good for the town and the parish as a whole,” she noted. “The Christmas spirit was on full display here today it was truly a beautiful feeling. I really hope this will continue for many years to come.”

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com