Royal Gazette: Thousands throng to St George as National Trust Christmas Walkabout returns
All eyes were on St George’s last night as thousands of revellers took in the sights of the Old Town at the return of the Christmas walkabout.
Restaurants, bars and shops were open late with historic Bermuda National Trust properties at their festive finest.
Karen Border, executive director of the charity, said the Trust had been gearing up for “a big crowd” after the pandemic put the popular event on hold.
The crowd did not disappoint, according to George Dowling III, the Mayor of St George, who strolled among guests to the East End with Rena Lalgie, the Governor.
“Turnout is absolutely fantastic,” said Mr Dowling just after 6.30pm yesterday.
“It’s actually exceeding my expectations at this point – the parking lot at Tiger Bay is full, and right now we are walking through a sea of humanity.”
The Trust eased traffic this year with a free shuttle bus service taking guests from Ferry Reach just before the Swing Bridge.
The new arrangement worked well, according to Dorte Horsfield, the Trust’s head of development and engagement.
“Absolutely phenomenal – it is just an utter success,” she said as entertainment kicked off at 6pm.
“The Town Crier is just starting introducing the night’s events. There will be three hours of beautiful performances – everything’s looking very festive and people are very excited to be here.”
King’s Square had music and dance directed by E Michael Jones, the Town Crier – culminating with the Bermuda Island Pipe Band, the Highland Dancers and followed by the Royal Bermuda Regiment Band.