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Letter to the Editor: a message from Father Christmas

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Dear Editor,

Father Christmas here, checking in from my snowy workshop to reflect on the absolute joy that was Stroud’s Goodwill Lantern Procession! It was a festive spectacle that truly warmed the cockles of my rosy cheeks.

Firstly, a big tip of the hat to all the families and local schools who participated in the lantern procession – it was the largest gathering of goodwill ever! I must admit, the creativity of the ocean-themed lanterns had me considering getting a new team of basking sharks, jellyfish, and tiny lit-up fish to pull my sleigh next year. Rudolph and the gang might just have some competition!

But let me share a little secret from the Town Council’s grotto – we set a record this year! The number of families visiting Santa was higher than ever, and the queues stretched down the street. It warmed my heart to see so many wide-eyed children, eagerly awaiting their turn to share their Christmas wishes. It seems the spirit of giving and joy is alive and well in Stroud.

A massive round of applause for our dedicated tradespeople and pop-up businesses for transforming the town into a twinkling wonderland. The warm white lights created a magical atmosphere, and the animated projections on The Subscription Rooms were so entertaining. I did most of my own Christmas shopping for Mrs Christmas and the elves in Stroud’s wonderful array of independent shops.

The choir singing was delightful, providing the perfect soundtrack to the evening. I even caught myself humming along as I prepared for my upcoming worldwide journey.And let’s not forget the Christmas Tree Festival at St Lawrence’s – a beacon of inclusivity in our community. The decorations are a testament to the unity and acceptance we cherish in Stroud.

To all the children who visited Santa’s grotto, your letters were simply precious! I’ve penned personal replies for each of you, waiting to be collected at 58 London Road or during the Christmas Tree Festival.

As we bask in the glow of this enchanting season, let’s extend our goodwill further. Consider joining the merry volunteers supporting the lantern procession – the more, the merrier! Get in touch with council@stroudtown.gov.uk if you would like to find out more about how to help out in 2024.

Merry Christmas,

Father Christmas

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