Baldock Rotary thank public for generosity on Santa run

PUBLISHED: 08:33 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:13 13 December 2017

Elves assisting Father Christmas as he begins his rounds through Baldock. Picture: Paul Luckett

Elves assisting Father Christmas as he begins his rounds through Baldock. Picture: Paul Luckett

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Letchworth and Baldock have been getting into the festive spirit despite the bitterly cold weather.

The Snow Lion at Letchworth's Garden Square Shopping Centre. Picture: Emma Fletcher Photography The Snow Lion at Letchworth's Garden Square Shopping Centre. Picture: Emma Fletcher Photography

Father Christmas has been making his way around the streets of Baldock and surrounding villages, courtesy of Baldock Rotary Club.

Throughout this month the sleigh has visited families in Baldock, Clothall Common and Ashwell with further visits to scheduled up to next Wednesday, where Santa will end his route in Bygrave.

Mike Williams, president of Rotary in Baldock, took to Facebook to express the club’s gratitude.

He said: “A huge thank you to the people of Baldock, Stotfold, Ashwell, Bygrave and Weston for your considerable generosity during the Christmas period in supporting Baldock Rotary Club when Father Christmas with his sleigh paid his annual visit to residents.”

The Snow Lion at Letchworth's Garden Square Shopping Centre. Picture: Emma Fletcher Photography The Snow Lion at Letchworth's Garden Square Shopping Centre. Picture: Emma Fletcher Photography

The Rotary Club has also been the proud sponsor of Baldock’s Christmas lights display, helping to get it up and running each year since 1978.

Mike added: “This continued support of the Christmas lights is an examples of the club demonstrating its motto of ‘service above self’.

“The club gets considerable pleasure from knowing that the community enjoys and appreciates its efforts in providing the Christmas lights and taking Father Christmas and the sleigh around the streets of Baldock and surrounding villages.”

Tomorrow night Santa will make an appearance in the residential streets of Weston between 6pm and 8pm, and finishing for another year in Bygrave next Wednesday.

The Snow Lion at Letchworth's Garden Square Shopping Centre. Picture: Emma Fletcher Photography The Snow Lion at Letchworth's Garden Square Shopping Centre. Picture: Emma Fletcher Photography

After the success of Letchworth’s Christmas lights switch-on, the festivities have been continuing in the town centre too – with shoppers at Garden Square Shopping Centre brought into the spirit on Saturday with a visit from the magical snow lion, the Red Queen and her servant.

The show combined animatronic puppetry, impressive costumes and music to create a fun winter experience.

Giving feedback after the event, Heather Almond said: “It was a lovely magical touch to the town centre. Well done!”

Garden Square manager Jack Philbin said: “shopping centre came to a standstill as people watched in awe of this head-turning act. Footfall to the shopping centre significantly increased on the day. We look forward to hosting more events and shows at the shopping centre throughout 2018.”

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