For over 50 years now Great Yarmouth Lions Club have become known for bringing some Christmas delight to Children and Adults across Great Yarmouth, Gorleston & the Southern Parishes.
Of course, I refer to the annual street tour of Santa riding on his sleigh, occasionally stopping off for the odd mince pies or sausage rolls.
Behind this activity is a huge logistical operation, council permits, sleigh & vehicle maintenance, lighting and sound system and Santa’s helpers.
Last year we completed 15 routes around the Borough, attended 5 Supermarkets and Stores. Switched on the lights in the Market Place and joined in the closing of the Christmas Market. In addition we visited 3 schools, Caister Brownies and the Ambulance Station. These combined visits enabled us to collect over £7,000, which in turn, means Great Yarmouth Lions Club could continue to support local good causes.
We know that many Mums & Dads are anxious to know, what is going to happen this December, the truth is, at the moment, we do not know.
We would like to run as normal, but the current Covid-19 restrictions/guidance really make it almost impossible to do so in a way that keeps everyone safe.
We have carried out a very detailed risk assessment, this covers all aspects of the sleigh activity, it is quite an operation to meet the full social distance and safety guidance.
Above all we must ensure that we keep everyone safe.
Circumstances change on a daily basis and we continue to engage in discussions, with local government and health officials.
As soon as a final decision is made, rest assured we will let everyone know.