It is a Christmas tradition spanning a decade but one that does not get old – Santa hitching a ride with the Williamtown/Salt Ash Rural Fire Brigade to deliver lollies to children.
Ahead of his big lolly run around Salt Ash, Bobs Farm, Williamtown, Fullerton Cove and Fern Bay on December 22, Santa and his helpers from the brigade stopped in to the Church of Christ on Monday afternoon to hand out bags of lollies to Salt Ash Public School students.
The students eagerly lined up to meet Santa following a presentation.
“We like to support our community by being accessible in this way, giving them a chance to see the fire truck and being accessible,” senior deputy Amy Blackwood from the Williamtown/Salt Ash brigade said.
Three of the brigade’s junior members helped Santa at the Nelson Bay Road church on Monday night. The brigade’s 2018 Santa run will begin at 3pm on December 22.
His route will be posted to Williamtown/Salt Ash Rural Fire Brigade’s Facebook page.
Raymond Terrace children will also receive a visit from Santa on December 22.
The jolly man in red will be escorted by Raymond Terrace Fire and Rescue to nine locations between 9am and 1pm, giving children and the young at heart a chance to say hello to Santa and snap a picture with him. As is tradition, Santa will also be handing out lollies.
Santa, the fire truck and firefighters will begin the run in Bettles Park. They will move to a new location approximately every 30 minutes.
The route will be posted to the Raymond Terrace Fire & Rescue Facebook page.