Rotary Club saves Santa’s traditional Forfar sleigh ride

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FOR many years Forfar Round Table had upheld the tradition of having Santa on his sleigh for all the children to see and doing a door to door collection.

Sadly the Round Table is no longer able to undertake this role and, rather than disappoint those with younger families, the Forfar Rotary Club has, at short notice taken up the project with the assistance of other local organisations

The first obstacle to overcome was that of an ageing sleigh in a state of disrepair.

After its stint at the Cross, a broken axle was discovered and time was of the essence.

Thankfully for Rotary, the firm of A. M. Phillip made a speedy repair and in the spirit of Christmas, waived the bill with their best wishes for a successful event.

“To make sure the axle remains intact we have put Santa on a strict diet as it appears he may be carrying a bit of excess weight as his expanding waistline seems to confirm,” explains a Rotary spokesperson.

Parents are asked to make sure they are aware of the routes to be taken during the next two weeks and the approximate times Santa will be in their area beginning at 6 pm each evening is as follows:-

Wednesday, December 7 - Potters Park, Northampton, Balmashanner, Dundee Road, Mavis Croft, Slatefield Rise, Slatefield Place, Slatefield Gardens, Westfield Loan, Westfield Gardens, Westfield Place, Kemsley Place and Donaldson Avenue.

Thursday, December 8 - Kemsley Park, Thornton Place, Thornton Park, Threewells Drive, Threewells Place, Westfield Park, Westfield Drive and Westfield Crescent.

Monday, December 12 - Airlie Crescent, Glenclova Terrace Glenmoy Terrace, Glenogil Terrace, Gallowshade Road, Lyninghills and Laurelbank.

Tuesday, December 13 - Kirkton Park, South Street, Restenneth Drive, Pitreuchie Place, McCulloch Drive, Strangs Ley, Gowan Rigg and Lilybank.

Wednesday, December 14 - Turfbeg Place, Inchgarth Street, Inchgarth Avenue, Turfbeg Crescent, Turfbeg Rise, Turfbeg Avenue, Turfbeg Road, Lochbank Road, Lochbank Gardens, Taylor Street, Turfbeg Drive and Fyfe-Jamieson.

Thursday, December 15 - Wyllie Street, Roberts Street, Callander Drive, Pirnie Mill, Service Road, Steadfast Lane, Esk Court, Isla Place, Lethnot Gardens, Ivy Terrace, Ivy Road, St. Margaret’s Park and Whitehills Crescent.