The Executive Mayor of George, Ald Melvin Naik, switched on the Christmas Lights in Unity park with crowds of Georgians and visitors counting and cheering through a drizzle that started a few hours before the switch on.
The drizzle did not deter the crowd with those present cheering and danced to the tunes of artist Early B, Fab 4 live band, Geraldo Lewis, Veronique Ferndale, Diversity B Boys, Heidedal Primary School Dance Group, the Wesso Brothers, the Alpha dance crew, Faith Ndukwana and many more.
Ald Naik was ushered into the crowd by Traffic and Law Enforcement officials and by a group of local bikers. He said with the opening of the annual George Lights Festival that he is so thankful and appreciative for having the privilege to look back and reflect upon the journey of the year. “In the midst of all that has happened, we can lift and add our voices in agreement that God has been our strength, our pillar, our provider, our shield and our fortress.
Ald Naik wished everyone a peaceful and joyful holiday season and quoted scripture, Luke 1 verse 78 to 79, “A new day will dawn on us from above because our God is loving and merciful. He will give light to those who live in the dark and in deaths shadow. He will guide us into the way of peace.
Jonathan Fortuin, the Festival Coordinator expressed his gratitude to the South African Police Service, including all the Security Services, Neighbourhood Watches, Bambanani Security and George Municipality’s very own Traffic, Law Enforcement and Fire Brigade Services and all our colleagues from Community Development Services and Peer Educators who were hands on at the event.
A very special thank you to the Electro technical team who ensures every year that George has festive lights and Civil Engineering Services who help with the fencing of the area as well as Environmental and Cleansing Services that ensured that the streets were free from litter by early Sunday morning. He also thanked the local bikers who formed part of the entourage who ushered in the Mayor to the event.
This year 172 stalls for the festival were booked with loads of local entrepreneurs selling off their goods. Street Angels car crew from Pacaltsdorp had open boot sales from their cars.