Sleaford firefighters revealed their completed sleigh to the public last night (Sunday) - complete with Santa, music, Christmas trees, flashing lights, music and a house with smoking chimney!
The Sleaford crews have been helping build a sleigh for Santa to tour the town over the next couple of weeks, thanks to some help from the community to make it look as Christmassy as possible.
The Sleigh has been built at Sleaford’s temporary full-time fire station on East Road, on the back of the team’s flat bed truck, normally used for delivering rescue equipment to the scenes of disasters.
They have also had the help of children from the town’s William Alvey and St Botolph’s Schools who have been painting and decorating some of the wooden cut-out reindeer to go on the sleigh.
Both the full-time and retained crews were out in force last night for the first outing of Santa’s sleigh collecting donations in the Clay Hill Road and Rookery Avenue area for the Fire Fighters Charity, which provides support and therapy to injured firefighters and their families. They will also be collecting for a local charity.
Families were bowled over by the size and scale of the effort, flanked by two fire engines, an army of firefighters and Alfie the search and rescue dog.
Starting at 5.30pm each evening, the sleigh will be visiting the following locations. On Monday December 14 he will be at Ancaster Drive, Hervey Road, Ickworth Road, Victoria Avenue and St Edmund’s Road, on Monday December 21 they will be on Southfields, Hawthorn Drive and Oak Road, on Tuesday December 22 it is on St Giles Avenue, Milton Way, Russell Crescent and Stephen’s Way, and on Wednesday December 23 the sleigh will be on The Drove, North Parade, Stokes Drive, Winchester Way, Sycamore Drive and Jubilee Grove.