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Look out for Santa and his sleigh in Holbeach, Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge from Saturday




Here's the new, revamped sleigh that a group of volunteers have been hard at work refurbishing for its outings from Saturday (December 1).

The team took over the sleigh from the East Elloe Lions' Club, which sadly folded, and they have given it a complete makeover over the past twelve months.

That team includes Ray Perkins and his wife Christine, Rick Garner, David Baker, Nick Thomas, Richard Hillam, Chris Brandon-King and Jane Francis.

The team unveil the newly revamped sleigh. Back - Jane Francis, Rick Garner, David Baker, Nick Thomas, Chris Brandon-King and Richard Hillam. Front - Christine Perkins, Jo Thomas and Ray Perkins. (5648826)
The team unveil the newly revamped sleigh. Back - Jane Francis, Rick Garner, David Baker, Nick Thomas, Chris Brandon-King and Richard Hillam. Front - Christine Perkins, Jo Thomas and Ray Perkins. (5648826)

Former Para Ray said: “We have revamped it totally. It looked tired. We’ve added glitter, bells, lights everywhere and also have some artificial snow.”

Volunteer and blacksmith Richard, based near Tydd, added wrought iron metal work to give the finishing touch to the runners around the base of the sleigh. Bridge Hardware in Sutton Bridge donated paint; and Kwik Signs produced the signs on the sleigh and lettering on the jackets that volunteers will wear when they join Santa for his outings.

Christine added: “We were looking on the internet for some snowflakes to stick on and found a company that does those you’d find on shop windows (Christmas Sticker Factory in Wales). When we went to pay they said it’s free. They didn’t even know us.”

The sleigh runs will raise funds for the Armed Forces charity SSAFA; and proceeds from the visits in Sutton Bridge will go towards the village Christmas street lights fund.

The sleigh will visit:

•Holbeach All Saints’ Church - Sat, Dec 1

•NISA Shop, Sutton Bridge - Thurs, Dec 13

•Tesco Store Holbeach Fri, Dec 14 and Sun, Dec 23

•Kimberley Care Village, Long Sutton - Sat, Dec 15

•The Falklands Estate, Sutton Bridge - Mon, Dec 17

•Holbeach Hospital - Wed, Dec 19

•Fleet vllage centre - Thurs, Dec 20

•Holbeach Hospital League of Friends charity shop, Holbeach High Street - Sat, Dec 22

•Nene Lodge Residential Home, Sutton Bridge - Mon, Dec 24

• On other days/evenings the sleigh will tour Princes Street and Royal Close; The Nightingales Estate, Crosby Row and Granville Terrace in Sutton Bridge.



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