THERE WAS a heart-stopping moment for little Sean McCarron on Friday evening, when, after being selected from hundreds of children to turn on Drogheda's Christmas lights, the customary flick of the switch yielded nothing but continued darkness.
Some thought is was because the nineyearfrom Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa had opted to do a count-up to ten rather than the traditional count-down to zero, however, it was just a momentary glitch and within seconds, West Street was transformed into a veritable twinkle-fest and the annual season was well and truly up and running!
It may have been a somewhat drizzly night on Friday, however it didn't stop around 600 mums, dads and children gathering to watch Mayor of Drogheda Paul Bell help young Sean with the task, although such were the pupil's public speaking skills, the elder statesman was given quite the run for his money.
'It was great to see so many brave the elements this evening to watch the lights go on in the town, and really start the festive season off well,' said the Mayor.
'I would like to thank Kelly Kierans for being our MC, as well as all the local shops and businesses for the organising and collection of contributions, which made this all possible again this year.'
Coca- Cola also came on board with soft drinks for everyone in the audience, with sweets and balloons also sponsored by local traders.
'We also have to say a big thank you to Canon Carroll, Sgt Donal McGivern and Drogheda Chamber for helping out,' added Kelly Kierans.