Santas brave the elements for Minehead charity event

Santas brave the elements for Minehead charity event

THE Santa Fun Run group before they make a dash through the rain. PHOTO: Steve Guscott

TIM Bent selling home-made Christmas puddings. PHOTO: Steve Guscott

A LIVING Nativity, featuring from left, back: George Bowden, Jill Merer and Tim Langdon; front, Martha Richards. PHOTO: Steve Guscott

JESSE Mallinson and Charlee Todd selling hand-made sweets. PHOTO: Steve Guscott

First published in West Somerset Somerset County Gazette: Photograph of the Author by

EXTRA sparkle was added to this year’s Christmas Fair organised by The Rotary Club of Minehead.

In addition to a wide range of stalls selling crafts, food, drink and festive gifts, the Santa Fun Run and Santa Saunta also proved very popular.

The wet weather failed to dampen the spirits of more than 50 contestants of all ages who donned their red Santa suits and ran around the West Somerset Community College grounds.

Rotarian David Paveling said: “I was amazed at the laughter and good spirits as people braved the rain and had a go. This was the first time we have held a Santa Run and we are really pleased at the way the folk of Minehead and local schools responded.”

All entrants received a certificate and the first three runners in each age category were presented with medals.

Event organiser Delia Paveling said: “There was a lovely atmosphere on the day. Feedback from the stall holders was very positive, including comments that the family fun element added to the festive feeling. They are keen to support us again next year.”

Proceeds from the day will go to a number of charities the Rotary Club supports, while runners’ sponsorship money will be divided between these and entrants’ own choices.

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