Radyr and Morganstown being decorated for Christmas. Credit: Barry Diamond

Old milk float helps Santa spread festive cheer despite Covid

New sleigh to tour Radyr and Morganstown in safe celebration

A TOUR by Father Christmas on his sleigh, a visit from Mickey and Minnie, and a house decorating competition are in store for residents in Radyr and Morganstown. 

“We’ve had to be adaptable and innovative this year,” said Julia Charles, chair of the Christmas working group on Radyr and Morganstown Community Council.

Station Road’s lights have been updated and it’s now decorated with icicles. Trees and lamp posts in the area have also been lit up. 

The council has been able to spend more on Christmas lights and festive events this year due to savings in other areas of the budget. 

In addition, there will be three Christmas trees in Radyr, one in Windsor Gardens, one in Morganstown and one in Sidings. 

Barry Diamond, a resident from Radyr, said: “Seeing the decorations always lights the fuse for the festive season in our house and signals that it’s time for our decorations to go up.” 

On Friday, December 4, Father Christmas will tour Radyr and Morganstown in his sleigh, an old milk float converted by Caerphilly Round Table. 

But he is not the only visitor this Christmas as Mickey and Minnie are returning on December 18 and 19. 

The characters were a big hit when they visited residents during lockdown. This time they will be dressed in festive attire. 

Huw Jones, chair of Radyr and Morganstown Community Council, said: “Hopefully it’ll lift people’s spirits.”

For the first time Radyr and Morganstown Community Council has organised a house decorating competition with a £50 cash prize for the winner.

To enter, you must send photographs of your decorated house to clerk@radyr.wales. The competition closes on December 18. 

Entries will be short-listed and if Covid restrictions allow the judging panel, drawn from the Christmas working group, will visit before deciding on a winner.. 

Mr Jones, said it was important for the council to spread Christmas cheer like this because it had not been able to sponsor the local pantomime or host social events this year.

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