Santa Claus to visit Wellsford

In a year when much has been cancelled, the Wellsford Santa Parade looks set to go ahead. Organisers and sponsors were ecstatic when the gent from the North Pole accepted their invitation to visit on November 28. From left, Tania Hamilton (Wellsford Plus), Melissa Wallace (Wellsford Plus), Colin Smith (Rodney Local Board) Andrew Rumbles (Bayleys), Denise Pearson (Mike Pero), and Becky and Mitch Martin (Hammer Hardware).

Wellsford plans to press ahead with its Santa Parade this year and bring some good cheer to finish off a year sadly blighted by Covid-19.

The parade departs from the Wellsford Community Centre at 11.30am on Saturday, November 28, continues to the railway station and then returns to the community centre.

Santa will make his usual grand entrance on his sleigh accompanied by Christmas fairies.

Also taking part will be Harold the Giraffe, the Plunket Blue Bear and Ronald McDonald.

Among the floats will be Wellsford’s new state-of-the art ambulance, kindly donated by life-long local resident, Colin Buckton, earlier this year.

Christmas elves will liberally give out a tonne of Christmas goodies including balloons, bubble wands and lollies. Face painters will add to the festive spirit.

A team from the Brethren Church will offer gourmet burgers, sausages and cold drinks for sale.   

“It’s going to be a lot of fun after such a yuk year,” Wellsford Plus chair and organiser Tania Hamilton says.

Businesses and residents are encouraged to contribute floats for the parade, which will be divided into four sections – children, community, business and walking. Entry forms will be available from the beginning of next month from Mike Pero Real Estate in Wellsford.

Tania says organisers will take appropriate precautions in the light of Covid-19 and have more marshals on hand to keep participants safe.

Wellsford Lions will provide marshals on the day.

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