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Spanish Town lights up for Christmas...Calm in communities brings out hundreds of residents

Published:Tuesday | December 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM

SPANISH TOWN, St Catherine:

In a massive display of giving that is reflective of the spirit of Christmas, some 400 children and adults from Spanish Town and its environs were treated to food, gifts and entertainment last Friday night in Emancipation Square, Spanish Town.

The occasion was the mayor's annual Christmas treat and tree-lightning ceremony, which, from all indication, was bigger and better than previous years.

Mayor of Spanish Town Norman Scott could not control his exuberance in addressing the large crowd, prior to flicking the switch to light up the well-decorated Christmas tree.

"By far, this is the biggest attendance we have had for this ceremony. I am extremely happy to see this large turnout. For me, this is something I enjoy doing every year and I will endeavour to make it bigger and better year after year," Scott promised.

Attributing the large turnout to an atmosphere of calm now prevailing in Spanish Town and its environs, Scott pointed out that most parents feel a sense of freedom to attend the function with their children; an atmosphere that has not existed in previous years.

"Because the tension is not as high as before, people are finding it more easier to mingle, so you have people from Tawes Meadows, Dela Vega City, Thompson Pen, Old Road. They came from all over Spanish Town and surrounding areas," Scott revealed.

He had high praises for the sponsors, some of whom he said have always supported the mayor's Christmas treat and are worthy of recognition.

The children and adults present were treated to food and gifts while enjoying the entertainment provided by gospel singer Lubert Levy, the Jamaica Folk Singers, Ed Hardy Dancers, Food For The Poor Band, Ascott Primary School, Jonathan Grant High and the Dynamic Dancers.

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