Divine procession brings Christmas cheer to the community

Residents of Chasetown were left checking their eyesight this morning when three camels and three wise men arrived on the High Street to mark the start of the town’s Christmas festivities.

The visit was arranged by local company Tara Group, which includes engineering business Chasetown Civil Engineering, house builders Cameron Homes, Galliers Homes and Keon Homes. The Group sponsors and operates the Christmas lights event in Chasetown each year.

The holy menagerie first visited Chasetown Civil Engineering before processing along the High Street to Cameron Homes’ offices. They continued their journey to St Joseph and St Theresa’s Catholic School, where the children learnt about how the camels brought the Wise Men to meet baby Jesus in the Nativity story.

Ian Burns, CEO at Cameron Homes, said: “The procession was certainly a sight to behold and not something you’d normally expect to see when going about your day-to-day business in the town!

“Our founder, Noel Sweeney, was passionate about giving back to the local communities in which we operate. Supporting the town’s Christmas lights event is one of the highlights of the year for our team but, after a challenging few years for the whole community, we wanted to add a little extra magic to this year’s proceedings.

“The procession of Magi and camels was well received by both early-morning shoppers and the school children alike. We hope it put a smile on everyone’s faces.”

The main Christmas lights were switched on at 6pm, with local residents invited to enjoy free fairground rides, mince pies and mulled wine, musical performances by St Joseph and St Theresa’s school choir, the local Scout band, and Loopvox. Father Christmas and his elves will also be attending and giving out presents to children.