Photographer WAYNE MARTIN was there to capture the great turnout at Howick Village Christmas Fair 2023 despite the rain forecast. The mood was upbeat.
Music filled the streets as well as the Howick Poppies as the Auckland Guitar School, Howick Brass Band, Pakuranga Choral Society, Manukau Concert Band, St Kentigern Pipe Band, RSA Ukele Group, saxophonist Bruce French, Lincoln Deuls, Jenna Aspling Jazz Band and Sarah van Zyl played their song. Plenty of entertainment for the kids with Sammy the train, Ferris Wheel, and animal cycles.
The Howick Village Market was also buzzing with activity as everyone was in the mood to sing, celebrate, eat and be merry.
The lighting of the iconic Christmas lights by the Howick Local Board had a lovely twist this year. As the revellers at the Stockade Hill waited with bated breath for the iconic tree to be lit up, Santa tossed a ball in the crowd. It was young Ben who caught it and was asked to do the honours of turning on the iconic Stockade Hill Christmas lights.