This year is the third time that Southport Lions have taken on the very important
task of looking after Santa Claus while he is visiting Southport. Among many demands
on his time, the Big Chap has pencilled in several visits to the town, and he will
be at the Wayfarers’ Arcade each weekend between the end of November and the start
of Christmas Week. This year, too, we have welcomed back a number of the boys and
girls, and their parents, who have visited Santa in his Grotto on the previous two
While Santa brings his Little Helper with him, along with Rudolf and the Magic Sleigh,
Southport Lions have sought out some local Elves who help the Big Chap in his task.
The Grotto is set out with decorations and snow to remind Santa of his home back
at the North Pole - and there is even a letter box for those all-important requests!
The normal scheme of things is for Santa (and his Little Helper) and Rudolf to bring
the presents, but this year was marked early on by one young gentleman who very ceremoniously
presented Santa with his own special Christmas present: a mince pie, neatly wrapped.
In view of efin safety, and a rapidly approaching eat-by date, the pie met its destiny
well before Christmas!
This year, with economic circumstances being what they are, there is more demand
than ever for Southport Lions’ Christmas Parcels, and the money raised by the Grotto,
along with the proceeds of the Concert in September, will all go to provide well
over 200 parcels to local needy people. Truly Christmas is a time to remember and