A group of neighbours on Lichfield’s Boley Park estate have raised £156 and donated it to Lichfield Round Table for charity.
John Smith of Pentire Road explained: 'We are delighted with the amount raised. Luckily I saw a tweet yesterday saying that Santa would be in the area tonight, that gave me just enough time to rally the neighbours.'
Sandra Jackson takes up the story :'That’s right, we all agreed, it would be much better to raise the money on the understanding that the Round Table Santa wouldn’t come along our road at all. We’re all busy working parents, I’m out of the house for at least twelve hours a day and when I get home I have to feed and bath the kids and get them into bed. The last thing I need is for a bloody fake Santa to come ‘yo-ho-hoing’ along the road in the middle of Eastenders.'
Rounder, Pete 'Up-the-Villa' Adams commented:'We are very grateful to the Pentire residents for this generous donation, it will certainly go some way towards the fuel costs for our sleigh-pulling fully-liveried Mitsubishi Pajero.'
Others however were a little more circumspect. Tabler stalwart of two years Mike 'I’m a Right Laugh' Collins told us: 'A big thank you to Pentire folks but this cut an hour out of our evening and to be honest that’s the last thing that I need at this time of year. I’ve had more time on my hands than I know what to do with since Vicky left me for that Morris Dancer. It’s no laughing matter.'
Santa’s tour of the City streets continues right up to Christmas Eve, so check out his itinerary on http://www.lichfield.roundtable.co.uk to avoid the disappointment of being unexpectedly in.