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Gallowglass back at WinterWonderland for the seventh year running!

  • Blog
  • 1st November 2013
  • By Alta Blue

We are thrilled to announce that we have been selected as sole security supplier, by PWR Events on behalf of Royal Parks for the seventh successive year; at London’s Christmas extravaganza, Hyde Park WinterWonderland.

This amazing live event has enjoyed an exponential explosion in popularity since inception, with last season breaking all records with an estimated 2.5 million people attending. As such this event must rank as the most popular winter event in London , if not the whole of the United Kingdom.

This year promises an even more spectacular, atmospheric and exciting experience for the public, with a dazzling range of attractions to suit all tastes. For the energetic there is the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink that is the epicentre of this magical event, and for the thrill seekers there are a fabulous range of rides, some of which are new to the UK.

To set the tone of WinterWonderland there is the Magical Ice Kingdom, carefully sculpted from over 200 tons of ice and snow, which always proves to be a breathtaking experience and promises to be bigger and better than last year.

For all the family there is Zippos Circus which offers colour , comedy, thrills and spills from a hugely talented ensemble of world class jugglers, clowns and aerialists. To add to the tone, beautiful Tyrolean-style chalets abound and are the perfect spot for Christmas shopping with unique gifts and handmade crafts.

When it’s time to relax, where else to go but Bavarian Village with its heated cafes for continental beers, mulled wines, Bratwurst, hog roasts and Stollens on sale, amongst the many other tempting delights.

From the security perspective our aims are simple, to protect all the infrastructure on site from damage and theft, and above all, to keep all the people on site safe, so that they can enjoy a wonderful experience.

Though our objectives are simple, the planning is detailed and complex. We have the advantage of drawing on six years accumulated knowledge and wisdom of this live event, but every year brings fresh challenges and demands.

We believe that our success in being able to consistently deliver a safe and successful security regime stems from our attention to detail at the planning stages together with positive engagement with all stakeholders, our adaptability, and the establishment of a clear and coherent command structure.

From this we carefully select our pool of SIA licensed guards working under leaders with time tested and proven leadership skills. All guards working for us are expected to be personable and proactive and to use their initiative, as well as having the capacity for firmness should any situation demand it.

We believe that our role is essential in setting the right tone for the event for the organisers as the outward face of them. We believe that it is our approach that plays a part in contributing towards the success of this live event.

Perhaps the last word should go to Managing Partner Giles Turnbull who says “ This year promises to be bigger better and more popular than ever before, and we have had to rise to this challenge in our planning, so that we can ensure that we deliver nothing short of excellence in what we do. I am delighted that so many valued and familiar faces  have returned to work with us again, particularly the team leader Pierre Swanepoel who has flown in from South Africa to lead for us again. I believe that this says so much about the unique Gallowglass spirit , legio patria nostra, that binds us together and continues to serve us and our clients so well”.



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