WE HAVE a fabulous town crier – Bill Lomas - who is always working hard to shout about our lovely town of Leek. Here he continues his regular column for the Leek & Moorlands Echo, this time reflecting on one of his latest fundraising initiatives – the big Santa shave.
WE HAVE a fabulous town crier – Bill Lomas – who is always working hard to shout about our lovely town of Leek.
Here he continues his regular column for the Leek & Moorlands Echo, this time reflecting on one of his latest fundraising initiatives – the big Santa shave.
Sometimes there comes a special day in our lives and for me it was Saturday (January 15).
Putting on my newly cleaned Santa suit, cleaned free of charge by Porters the cleaners, I knew that it was going to be different.
I had loaded up my trailer with lots of sweets and toys to give out to lots of children as I made my way to the Cancer Research shop in Derby Street, just stopping off at Trinity Church to give a shout for the coffee morning there for Horton First Responders.
I know that they did very well there for donations and sales of delicious home made cakes etc. Then onto the ‘shave off’ outside the Cancer Research shop where there was a small crowd of people waiting to watch the fun.
It was good to see the Mayor of Leek, councillor Lyn Swindlehurst and others from the town. Wonderful people who came to give generously for the cause, people like Terry Sweatmore, councillor Stephen Wales and, indeed, our Mayor who all donated £50 each and with Gift Aid, that gives an extra sum of 25 per cent to the total.
Big thanks go to the Men’s Den who performed the shave and it was perfect. Also to Pauline Felstead who took the photos to a high standard.
The follow up on social media was big with so many wonderful compliments to Santa. After the shave, Santa went around the town giving out lots of sweets to all.
It was a really wonderful day with lots of remarks from so many happy people, including: “You’re a bit late now Santa,” with the Santa’s reply of: “No, I’m early.”
So much joy in our great town although not so many around. The total will be given out as soon as I hear from the manager of Cancer Research in Leek.
Now is the lean times for Leek Town Crier as there isn’t much going on but it’s good to rest a while. I will be out and about for my usual cry on Saturday and the Totally Locally Market next month.
So, with Santa gone until December, I will keep up my ambassadorial role as your town crier.
Don’t forget, the local branch of the Royal British Legion is still looking for new members.
Some interest has been shown so far but we need more active members.
Welcome to the new year and hopefully we can, as a town, fight through the bad times and come together in the futuristic times together as the town of Leek. Take care of each other.
Photos by Pauline Felstead
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