Colchester: Record crowd turns out to see store's iconic Christmas window revealed

A RECORD number of people turned out to watch Santa and his elf enveil the Christmas window at Colchester's Williams and Griffin store.

The stars of the show pulled up outside the High Street store in an open top white Bentley at noon on Saturday and were greeted by around 2,000 spectators.

The window was unveiled to show Santa's toy workshop in the forest.

See the full report and pictures in Monday's Gazette.

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11:09pm Sat 17 Nov 12

fnagwaa says...

How can you possibly say it's a record crowd of 'around' 2,000?
Maybe you counted previous crowds and the biggest was only around 1,990??
Or maybe you're trying to make a bland story sound more newsworthy!
How can you possibly say it's a record crowd of 'around' 2,000? Maybe you counted previous crowds and the biggest was only around 1,990?? Or maybe you're trying to make a bland story sound more newsworthy! fnagwaa

11:42pm Sat 17 Nov 12

itsrainingmen says...

I was amongst the crowd today and saw the procession. There was a cracking atmosphere created by the organisers with the music and SNOW etc! Went straight in to see Santa with the grand-daughter, I'm just pleased there are still events like this around. So many people just seem to want to give up on Christmas, moaning about commercialism etc. Well, despite the horrible grey day, a bit of Christmas sparkle was brought to the town.
I was amongst the crowd today and saw the procession. There was a cracking atmosphere created by the organisers with the music and SNOW etc! Went straight in to see Santa with the grand-daughter, I'm just pleased there are still events like this around. So many people just seem to want to give up on Christmas, moaning about commercialism etc. Well, despite the horrible grey day, a bit of Christmas sparkle was brought to the town. itsrainingmen

10:10am Sun 18 Nov 12

angryman!!! says...

Williams and griffins really is poles apart from any other large shop in town. It's a shame the display isn't as big as it used to be, but obv with new lay out that's not possible.
Looking forward to their redevelopment, and many more years shopping
Williams and griffins really is poles apart from any other large shop in town. It's a shame the display isn't as big as it used to be, but obv with new lay out that's not possible. Looking forward to their redevelopment, and many more years shopping angryman!!!

10:26am Sun 18 Nov 12

Field Marshal Sprocket says...

You would have thought the Gazette could have at least put a picture of the aforementioned window on their site as the story is somewhat lacking with out any visual stimulation.

I am absolutely disgusted, as I usually am when visiting this site.
You would have thought the Gazette could have at least put a picture of the aforementioned window on their site as the story is somewhat lacking with out any visual stimulation. I am absolutely disgusted, as I usually am when visiting this site. Field Marshal Sprocket

11:08am Sun 18 Nov 12

hughie-s says...

Field Marshal Sprocket wrote:
You would have thought the Gazette could have at least put a picture of the aforementioned window on their site as the story is somewhat lacking with out any visual stimulation.

I am absolutely disgusted, as I usually am when visiting this site.
Not even a stock photo of Santa.
[quote][p][bold]Field Marshal Sprocket[/bold] wrote: You would have thought the Gazette could have at least put a picture of the aforementioned window on their site as the story is somewhat lacking with out any visual stimulation. I am absolutely disgusted, as I usually am when visiting this site.[/p][/quote]Not even a stock photo of Santa. hughie-s

8:54pm Sun 18 Nov 12

FormerColchesterGirl says...

As you may tell from the name, I no longer live in Colchester. This is the only way I get to see news from my old town as I am still interested in current events of where a lot of my friends and family are. Sadly this waste of story amongst many others just shows what a half thought out website this is only reporting half a story with no real depth. I just hope those who buy the paper get something better for their money.
As you may tell from the name, I no longer live in Colchester. This is the only way I get to see news from my old town as I am still interested in current events of where a lot of my friends and family are. Sadly this waste of story amongst many others just shows what a half thought out website this is only reporting half a story with no real depth. I just hope those who buy the paper get something better for their money. FormerColchesterGirl

11:37pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Boris says...

Field Marshal Sprocket wrote:
You would have thought the Gazette could have at least put a picture of the aforementioned window on their site as the story is somewhat lacking with out any visual stimulation.

I am absolutely disgusted, as I usually am when visiting this site.
Do you live in Tunbridge Wells?
[quote][p][bold]Field Marshal Sprocket[/bold] wrote: You would have thought the Gazette could have at least put a picture of the aforementioned window on their site as the story is somewhat lacking with out any visual stimulation. I am absolutely disgusted, as I usually am when visiting this site.[/p][/quote]Do you live in Tunbridge Wells? Boris

11:42pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Boris says...

FormerColchesterGirl wrote:
As you may tell from the name, I no longer live in Colchester. This is the only way I get to see news from my old town as I am still interested in current events of where a lot of my friends and family are. Sadly this waste of story amongst many others just shows what a half thought out website this is only reporting half a story with no real depth. I just hope those who buy the paper get something better for their money.
One day, no doubt, the whole of the Gazette will be on line, in return for a subscription. Meanwhile you could ask someone local to buy the Standard and post it to you every week. Or even post you the Gazette, every day. Could get rather expensive, though.
[quote][p][bold]FormerColchesterGirl[/bold] wrote: As you may tell from the name, I no longer live in Colchester. This is the only way I get to see news from my old town as I am still interested in current events of where a lot of my friends and family are. Sadly this waste of story amongst many others just shows what a half thought out website this is only reporting half a story with no real depth. I just hope those who buy the paper get something better for their money.[/p][/quote]One day, no doubt, the whole of the Gazette will be on line, in return for a subscription. Meanwhile you could ask someone local to buy the Standard and post it to you every week. Or even post you the Gazette, every day. Could get rather expensive, though. Boris

2:29pm Mon 19 Nov 12

The old see dog says...

The Christmas lights it Colchester are pathetic compared with yesteryear when the whole circuit of the Town was awash with lights as well as the streets and lanes within. Best go to towns like Ipswich if you want to see how its done or even one of the surrounding villages. CBC attempts are like everything else they try to do, its like a tea light trying to outshine a flood light.
The Christmas lights it Colchester are pathetic compared with yesteryear when the whole circuit of the Town was awash with lights as well as the streets and lanes within. Best go to towns like Ipswich if you want to see how its done or even one of the surrounding villages. CBC attempts are like everything else they try to do, its like a tea light trying to outshine a flood light. The old see dog

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