BNT Walkabout kicks off Christmas celebrations
Revellers from across the island travelled to the East End last night for an annual Christmas fête put on by a conservation charity.
The Bermuda National Trust Walkabout filled the streets of the Olde Towne as people came out to tour historic BNT properties.
It was the 41st time the event had taken place.
Angela Sulley said that it was the fifth consecutive year that she had attended the event with friends and that the walkabout served as the kick-off to the Christmas season for many.
Ms Sulley added: “I love this event. If you are into Christmas, this is the event to be at.
“It’s a fun time of year.”
The Paget resident was joined by a group of nine adults this year.
She added: “It’s kind of like an annual thing.”
Ms Sulley said that her highlights had been the musical performances, dancers and artwork on display.
Preston Gill said that the “charm of the Olde Towne” was on full display.
He added: “It’s a lovely evening to take a stroll and enjoy the oldest town in Bermuda and a great opportunity to see bits and pieces of our heritage.”
The Smith’s resident added: “There’s a real sense of community for young and old alike.”
The Old Rectory, Buckingham, Tucker House, the Globe Hotel and other properties opened their doors to welcome visitors and performances were held in Kings Square.
Jordan Smith, the development officer with the BNT, said that the event had been “amazing”.
She added: “Everyone seems to be really happy. There’s a lot of Christmas cheer.
“Everyone that I have talked to sounds like they are enjoying it.”
Ms Smith said the event also showcased some of Bermuda’s unique heritage and culture to island residents and visitors alike.
She added: “This is where Bermuda started. When St George’s is lit up, it’s just such an open and beautiful town.
“It’s just a great way to get everyone in the holiday mood.”
Ms Smith said that a lot of work by BNT staff, volunteers, community members and sponsors went into putting the event together.
But she added: “It’s worth it in the end.”
Kevin Dallas, the chief executive of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, said that the event had been “fantastic, as always”.
He said that it was the cross-section of the Bermuda community that the event brought out that made it special.
Mr Dallas added that the timing of the event also made it unique. He explained: “As we think about Bermuda being for all seasons, we think this exactly the kind of signature event that we can build on to grow Bermuda’s winter visitor trade.”
Mr Dallas said a personal highlight of this year’s event had been the performances by children taking part.
He added: “The kids are so proud and so involved — and it’s wonderful to see.”
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