Santa will be parking his sleigh and setting up a grotto at Warkworth fire station during weekends in December as part of the volunteer brigade’s annual Christmas tree sale fundraiser.
A professional photographer will be on hand to take family portraits with the man in red for $10 every Saturday and Sunday, between 2pm and 4pm, starting on December 2. In addition, there will be chocolate fire engines made by Chocolate Brown available for just a gold coin donation, and there may be a Crazy Cracker character lurking in the trees, as well. The chocolate fire engines will also be sold at Chocolate Brown’s Mill Lane shop.
Christmas trees will be on sale every day from December 1, between 9am and 6pm, with prices starting at $30 depending on size. Anyone who wants an extra large tree is being urged to get in quick, as numbers are limited. Local delivery can be arranged, if necessary.
All the money raised will go towards celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Warkworth brigade and the building of the fire station in 1943. Volunteer firefighter and fundraising coordinator, Gaye Flewellyn, says a whole raft of celebratory activities is being planned for Labour Weekend in 2018, including a special Honours Night dinner and dance.