Christmas is still some way off, but the Ilfracombe Winter Wonderland Weekend is now only a few weeks away. So I thought I might tell you a few things about Santa’s visits. As I am sure you all know by now, the High Street Lighting the Lights has moved from Wednesday to Friday 25 November. I hope that this means that more of you will be able to bring your children along to see Santa, since they, at least, will be able to sleep late the next day. As always, Santa will arrive in his sleigh by the war memorial at about 6.30pm. After the lights have been lit, he will join the parade up the High Street and will stop partway along. Once the sleigh has stopped, children will be welcome aboard. If you or the child wishes, an adult can come up on the sleigh with the child. Santa will talk to the child and will give each one a small present which will be roughly age-appropriate. Santa expects to leave no later than 9pm.
On Saturday and Sunday, Santa will have a grotto in the marquee at the Ropery Road car park. Again, Santa will talk to the child and will give each one a small present which will be roughly age-appropriate. Exact times will be advertised, but, in each case, Santa will be there from late morning to late afternoon. On Sunday, he will take part in the parade down to the pier.
During December, as he has for the last couple of years, Santa will be travelling around town, stopping at various points to talk to children of all ages. Again, details will be posted later, but they may change at the last minute due to, for example, weather conditions, so you should keep an eye on the Facebook page Santa visits Ilfracombe. This will be up-dated regularly and will, with luck, show in real time where Santa is at any time.
If you know parents who may not be aware of these plans, please let them know.
I'm looking forward to seeing Yes, Prime Minister at the Landmark on Friday 6. At the time of writing, there are still a few seats available, but it looks as though it could be a sell-out performance.
Still no reply from Dr Alison Diamond to my open letter. I suppose it must be difficult to know what to say when you know that whatever you say is unlikely to be believed. But that doesn’t seem to have stopped her in the past.
DEPARTMENT OF GROVELLING APOLOGIES.
Just like a proper journalist, when I make a mistake (and I will – I am only human), I will acknowledge it, although, unlike a newspaper, I will not bury it away among the public notices and other junk no one reads. So, if you spot a mistake, please let me know and I will duly hang my head in shame. Of course, it is highly unlikely that any of the vandals destroying our hospital services will feature here, since there is almost nothing I could say about them that would be untrue, unless, of course, I inadvertently complimented one of them, which is most improbable!
Anyway, after all that, here is my first apology. I have been resoundingly, and rightly, reprimanded for accusing the Manor House Café, of the fabulous coffee and outstanding full English breakfasts, of being in Church Street. How could possibly have missed the sign on the front, above the door, plainly saying “High Street”? Well, I suppose I never looked. Anyway, apologies to Jill and Mick for this foul calumny. Whichever street they are in, I always manage to find my way there.
Did you see, in his comment on last week’s blog, Tony Olsson’s heart-felt plea for justice for those unfortunate inhabitants of Ilfracombe condemned to watch Welsh TV? Surely something could be done to ensure equal access to all in our own language! Perhaps this is another thing for Peter Heaton-Jones to add to the long list of ways in which our region is discriminated against.
It must be nearly Christmas. My email inbox is filling up with offers to sell me unmissable junk. Anyone for a giant (7 foot!) inflatable unicorn or a cat bonnet? Hey ho, more junk next week.
See you then.