In Bloxwich, as we always say, you can always tell Christmas is coming when the Rotary Santa Claus drops in!
And having toured Blakenall Heath, Mossley, Pelsall, Dudley Fields, and tonight Lower Farm, where our pictures were taken, the jingling jolly red giant and his amazing band of enthusiastic and hard-working helpers have been well received all all the way!
Over the past week, the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix, with the help of local Labour councillors, members of Bloxwich Carnival Committee and staff of Co-Operative Travel in Bloxwich, have been enthusiastically maintaining the fine tradition of festive visitations and felicitations begun decades ago by their predecessor group.
And for some added fun for families, Santa and his helpers have been busy not only collecting cash for charity but delivering letters from Santa to local youngsters all along their routes.
All the money collected from the Santa Sleigh collection will be donated to the Rotary Foundation of the United Kingdom. The charity provides funds for many important humanitarian projects at home and abroad is one of the major partners in the drive to finally eliminate polio worldwide.
Meanwhile, Bloxwich’s Santa has been showing up Norad in America by allowing Bloxwich folk world-wide to track him round Bloxwich using the Global Positioning System!
On the evening of each route, it’s been possible to track Santa’s location in real-time online on Rotary’s website www.bloxwichphoenix.net, so there’s been no need to stand outside in the freezing cold!
Now on his last leg before Christmas, tomorrow Saturday 17 December Santa will be landing on the Turnberry Estate, on the northern border of Bloxwich, to bring his own special brand of festive cheer to children of all ages there too – before leaving to get ready for his big night on Christmas Eve.
So Turnberry folks had better watch out tomorrow night – Santa Claus is coming to town!
Follow this link to the website of the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix for their report of Santa’s journey.
For more information, you can also read or print online a special leaflet which has been distributed locally, via this link.