Leeston’s perfect parade

by Mike Isle

The weather, the mayor, the people, the town — they all came together to turn it on for Leeston’s Christmas Parade.

“Best parade we’ve ever had,” was the reaction of many who turned out to welcome Santa to the town.

Chair of the Ellesmere Business and Promotions committee, Kath Mentink, said that she was ‘over the moon’ with the way the community had got in behind the parade this year. She said she was particularly impressed that new businesses that had started up in the area took the trouble to organise and build floats. “There were not only 20 plus floats, but the Ellesmere Vintage Car Club, the NZ Caravan Club who were holidaying locally and others all joined in too,” she said. Selwyn’s mayor, Sam Broughton, led the parade off on his motorbike accompanied by some fellow bikers and escorted by the police. 

He was also there to judge the best floats: Motorised winners were Fresh Choice, Walking: Children First Preschool, Original wheels: The Riding School, Best in Show: Leeston Playcentre.