The middle of November already. At the end of next week, it will be the High Street Lighting The Lights, which, for me, is always the start of the Christmas festivities. I guess that is why Santa has asked me to pass on the following message:
“Hi, This is Santa writing from the North Pole. I will be visiting Ilfracombe over the next few weeks and thought I should let you know my plans. As usual, I will be at the High Street Lighting The Lights on Friday 24th November, probably from about 6.15. At first, I will be by the war memorial. Feel free to come and say “hello”. After the lights have been lit, the sleigh will move up the High Street and will stop roughly opposite Pedlar’s. When the sleigh is completely still, we will invite children aboard, and every child will be offered a small present. We intend to leave around 8.30pm, so, if you want to be sure of seeing me, please try to get to me well before that time.
“During the three weeks of December prior to Christmas, I will be riding around town stopping at predetermined points as I have done in recent years, and, again, children will be welcome on the sleigh and each will be given a small present. I expect to do this on every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but even I cannot control the weather and there may have to be last minute changes if the weather is particularly bad.
“You will be able to find full details closer to the time on the Facebook pages Gossip around Ilfracombe and Santa Visits Ilfracombe. Santa Visits Ilfracombe will have a full itinerary for the trips around town.
“There will be no charge for any of the above. The cost of the presents is being met by a local charity. However, donations will be welcome, but all children will be treated the same, whether or not they make a donation.”
In addition to the above, Santa also plans to be at the Slade Youth Club on 13th December and at Ilfracombe Library on 15th December when author, Olli Tooley, will be giving away copies of his latest book, “Dr Gnaw”.
I understand that Santa’s elves have worked hard and there should be different presents for different age groups. Also, they have tried to ensure that the presents given out will differ from day to day, so that, if a child saw Santa once each day, s/he would stand a good chance of getting a different present each time
Welcome back, Nick, to your new venue at the Hip & Pistol on St James’ Place. I’m told it is an anagram – “pish & lop it”? “sot & Philip”? “Tip & Polish”? I’m sure I’ll get it eventually. Anyway, good luck to you and all who drink with you.
I hope you saw Netti’s comment on last week’s blog. Halloween and bonfire night - Netti, you must have had an idyllic childhood. I am jealous.