Mathoura firies lend a hand
Mathoura Rural Fire Service brigade members showed their true Christmas spirit on Saturday, helping Santa surprise local children despite being weary from their ‘real’ jobs.
Although they had been called out to battle a blaze earlier on Christmas Eve (see page 5), the firefighters still turned out to help Santa deliver lollies to children in the district.
In the fire truck, the crews delivered Santa to the town’s three caravan parks first, with visiting children lighting up at the sight of the man in the big red suit.
As is tradition, Santa then drove through the Mathoura township handing out more goodies, and this year’s run also included families in the rural areas.
The lolly run is held every year, and is sponsored by district businesses.
The Mathoura firefighters were not the only ones handing out lollies on Christmas Eve.
Deniliquin youngsters Remy and Ben Muirhead also decided to spread some Christmas cheer with sugar on Saturday.
Aged 12 and 10 respectively, the siblings invited people into the front yard of their Harfleur St home to enjoy their Christmas lights display.
The pair helped parents Lisa and Stuart make the display, which featured blow up Christmas characters, a lot of icicle lights and other bright decorations.
SHOW ME THE PRIZES
Four lucky people had an extra reason to smile this Christmas, as winners of the Deniliquin Pastoral & Agricultural Show Society raffle.
The group raffled a variety of vouchers to local businesses and other goodies, with all proceeds going towards running the 2017 Deniliquin Show, to be held the first weekend in March.
Friday afternoon’s draw was held at Deniliquin’s Cen- tral IGA supermarket, where society members have been seen selling tickets for several weeks.
Winners were Ben Littman, Tina Pisasale, Maxine Louis and Betty Cormack.
Prizes included vouchers for Central IGA, Central Cellarbrations and Wired Entertainment, as well as a Christmas cake and apron.
Last minute Christmas gift shoppers were caught a little unaware on Saturday morning, when a drenching downpour washed over Deniliquin.
While the clouds looked a little menacing there was still some sun shining through, meaning the heavy raindrops came as a little bit of a surprise for some.
The streets puddled quickly in the morning and festive shoppers ran for cover or their cars to escape a drenching.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, 1.8mm fell within the space of two hours, starting about 10.30am.
By all reports, it was a busy Christmas Day lunch at the Deniliquin RSL Club on Sunday.
The annual lunch-time traditional feast attracted almost 700 people, who chose to share the festive day with the community and visitors to Deniliquin.
A full report on the celebrations will be in Friday’s edition.
Helping Santa deliver lollies in Mathoura on Christmas Eve were firefighters (from left) Chris Roberts, Blake Keech, Justin McKellar, Nissa and Doug Henwood, Rick Ireland and Neil Blackwell.
Deniliquin Pastoral & Agricultural Society members Mary Allitt, president Graham Doncon and Elaine Russell draw the raffle at Deniliquin IGA.