SES helpers Charmayne Lardner, Wally Bridle and Michelle Firth add the finishing touches to the sleigh with Santa Claus. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
SES helpers Charmayne Lardner, Wally Bridle and Michelle Firth add the finishing touches to the sleigh with Santa Claus. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

Santa to tour the Clarence in a SES flood boat

THE man in the big red suit has teamed up with our heroes in orange overalls - the State Emergency Service - to spread the Christmas joy this weekend.

Santa Claus and his little helpers will jump aboard Santa's 'sleigh' - a State Emergency Service flood boat - and motor around the Clarence.

They will visit Grafton, Yamba and Wooli, and rumour has it, they'll be helped by a few reindeer and elves along the way.

Grafton City SES unit controller Wally Bridle said he and his crew were proud to be spreading the joy this festive season.

"It's a community service... we normally meet people in stressful situations, but this will be a much lighter and happy chance to meet the community.

"Seeing the smiles on the kids' faces is the best part," Mr Bridle said.

Mr Claus said he was looking forward to meeting the kids and their parents.

He said he might even have some lollies in his Santa sack to hand out on during his tour around the region this weekend.

SANTA'S SCHEDULE
Friday:
4pm - Calypso Holiday Park.
4.30pm - Blue Dolphin Resort.
5.30pm - Iluka Riverside Tourist Park.
6.30pm - Big 4 Caravan Park, Palmers Island.
7.30pm - Yamba Shores Tavern.
Saturday:
6.30pm - Ulmarra pontoon, Commercial Hotel.
7.30pm - Corcoran Park, Grafton.
8.15pm - Crown Hotel, Grafton.
8.30pm - Farewell Santa from the South Grafton Boat Ramp (below the ex-servicemen's club).
Sunday:
7pm - depart Wooli Solitary Islands Marine Park Resort.
7.30pm - Santa arrives at the Carols at Wooli.



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