Santa brings a little festive cheer early to Clacton

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 9 December Santa sailed into Clacton at the helm of Clacton RNLI’s Atlantic class lifeboat, bringing a little early festive cheer to those that came to see him.

Steve Gill

Santa arriving at Clacton
At 11am, as the rain clouds had just passed by allowing the sun to make an appearance, Santa Claus arrived aboard Clacton RNLI ‘s Atlantic Class lifeboat David Porter MPS, to be met by a large crowd eagerly awaiting his arrival. Once ashore he was met by his old friend Stormy Stan, and made his way to a specially constructed Grotto within the Lifeboat station, where he was able to meet the children gathered and offer them a present.

Santa has been making this annual early visit for over 25 years, taking the opportunity while his reindeers are having some rest and relaxation nearby, after a gruelling training programme, in preparation for their big night.

After spending over two hours individually speaking to the gathered children in his Grotto, listening to their Christmas wishes, and offering them a free gift to keep them going until the big night, Santa had to leave to check on Rudolph, making sure he wasn’t getting up to too much mischief.

While waiting, the children had the chance to decorate cookies and biscuits to take away, curtesy of Tesco, while the volunteers of Clacton RNLI laid on hot drinks and ran a raffle to win a Christmas hamper.

All the volunteers at Clacton RNLI would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas, and to thank the community for their continued support.

Steve Gill

Santa is met by Stormy Stan

Steve Gill

Santa with one of the many children gathered

Steve Gill

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