Some of the DPA volunteers met for the annual visit to the Christmas tree on the late afternoon/early evening of Wednesday 20th December. Many of them had been working that day on a normal work day on Plymouth Leat.  We met at a car park in quite thick mist. Darkness fell as the meeting went on – and the mist seemed thicker!

 

DPA volunteers visit the Christmas tree again

DPA volunteers visit the Christmas tree again

 

Taking photographs was difficult in the mist – my flash photographs simply showed close-ups of white fog! Perhaps others had more success. The non-flash, hand-held photographs are also not the sharpest or well-lit. The photograph above has been digitally enhanced, including using a “dehaze” filter that is very effective.

The gathering was very festive, with mince pies, cake, truffles and very welcome mulled wine. To help us to get into the Christmas spirit, there was also seasonal music and lights on the tree.  The walk back to the cars was quite exciting, with people having differing senses of direction. However, we all met up again at the car park within a few minutes of each other.  Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with this event, especially Derek Collins and Val Barns.  Further, a huge thank you to all the volunteers for their efforts throughout the year, for turning out to the various locations in all weathers, also those who help behind the scenes and in the office.