Hundreds turned out for Penarth Pier Pavilions open day last weekend for a series of festive events in the area.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council-operated Pier Pavilion hosted a free open day on Saturday, December 10.

The event was supported by the Council’s Big Fresh team, who run the Pavilion café, with the day providing an opportunity to explore the iconic venue, while also finding out the exciting events planned for next year.

Large crowds gathered at the pier for the carol singing event, led by local baritone Richard Parry, with music performed by the Penarth Salvation Army Band, followed by complimentary hot drinks and mince pies inside the Pavilion.

Councillor Rhiannon Birch, Cabinet member for Education, Arts, and the Welsh Language, said: “I was thrilled to see so many residents and visitors enjoying the festivities at this years’ open day.

“A huge thank you goes to the Pavilion teams for coordinating the event, The day highlighted the integral role that the Penarth Pier Pavilion holds within the community.

“It was wonderful to see the Big Fresh team play their part in supporting a great local cause.”

The Big Fresh team also took the opportunity to present funds raised from their Big Fresh Spirit Event 2022 to Major Jo Walters from the Penarth Salvation Army.

Thanks to the generosity of its suppliers, ABM, Argies, Ask Frank, Castell Howell, Chapple & Jenkins, and Dairy link, who donated raffle prizes, Big Fresh staff and guests raised £450 at November’s event.

The money will help to fund the Penarth Salvation Army’s work in supporting local vulnerable residents.