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RNLI St Ives Bring Father Christmas Into Town

Lifeboats News Release

Father Christmas gets a huge welcome in St Ives

RNLI/Russell Bush

Father Christmas Visits St Ives.
On a very cold but clear moonlit December evening, the RNLI St Ives crew headed out on the All Weather Lifeboat in the hunt for Father Christmas, After a couple of minutes a flare was seen high up in the sky to signal that Father Christmas was on board.

They headed into the harbour with the man himself standing at the front of the boat.

The huge crowds that had gathered erupted into cheers and applause as the lifeboat went round the harbour so he could see everyone and say a very merry "Ho Ho Ho' to all the children.

After 10 minutes of seeing everyone, the crew brought him to shore where he boarded his sleigh which was then pulled round the town.

A fantastic evening for everyone and a big 'thank you' to Father Christmas for coming to St Ives.

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