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A step back in time for Armagh as Georgian Day is celebrated

By Staff Reporter

Armagh City was transformed into a Georgian winter wonderland over the weekend as thousands of visitors descended on the ecclesiastical capital for its annual Georgian Day.

The historic winding streets and lanes around the market place took a step back in time as traders and entertainers donned period costume for the event which launches the city's festive programme.

All kinds of seasonal treats were on sale, while there were carriage rides around the mall on offer and attractions like Armagh Gaol were open for tours.

Despite the cold and grey day, spirits were kept high by a brass band playing carols and hymns, along with the cafes and bars doing a roaring trade in hot drinks and snacks.

The smell of mulled wine and mince pies exuded a unique Christmas atmosphere for all to enjoy.

There were also reindeer with Santa's elves, Christmas craft workshops and demonstrations, Georgian walking tours and a family treasure hunt.

The big draw of the day was the fabulous light show beamed on to the back of the old Town Hall.

Compere Malachi Cush, complete with tricorn hat and enviably warm, velvet cloak, roamed through the crowd, calming impatient children with questions about their Christmas lists and getting a few wry comments from parents

The stunning spectacle retold the story of A Christmas Carol, with a few twists and utilising the glorious Georgian facade of the building to maximum effect.

Santa also made his presence felt as he could be seen behind the windows dropping off presents and warning the youngsters to be good as the naughty list was still open.

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