SANTA PAUSE

Jimmy warned after wav­ing from jeep

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Will Hen­shaw

A Cam­bus­lang com­mu­nity stal­wart who dressed up as Santa for lo­cal chil­dren was chinned by the cops after wav­ing from the back of a jeep.

Each year Jimmy Lind­say, of Thom­son Grove, dons a Santa Claus cos­tume, hops on board the back of his friend Ralph Cald­well's jeep and waves to the chil­dren of the Mor­ris­ton Park Drive es­tate.

This takes place while his wife Mar­garet and friends dish out se­lec­tion boxes on foot. Jimmy's grand­son Ja­son (11) rides shot­gun and pro­vides Christ­mas mu­sic for the an­nual event, which has been go­ing on for the past eight years.

Jimmy (69) stood on the back of the jeep, which has a top which can be taken down to con­vert it into a pick-up truck.

After they fin­ished driv­ing round the es­tate, they took the car to the Mor­ri­son's su­per­mar­ket cark park so Jimmy could take off his fake beard and Santa cos­tume, with the chil­dren none the wiser.

How­ever, he was left stunned as two po­lice of­fi­cers ap­proached him when he fin­ished the trad­tion last Sun­day (De­cem­ber 21).

He said: "I felt like say­ing 'do you have noth­ing bet­ter to do, lads?’.

“We’ve been do­ing this for a while now, ev­ery­one in the es­tate loves it, the kids love it and it’s do­ing no harm. The jeep is only go­ing about four or five miles an hour – if that.

“My grand­son was ter­ri­fied, he thought his grandad was get­ting lifted.

“We’re only try­ing to bring a bit of Christ­mas cheer. I asked them could we do it next year if we had a po­lice es­cort. They said maybe, but we’d have to ask closer to the time.

“It takes us only 20 min­utes to go round in the jeep, if we did it on foot it would take hours.”

Jimmy was given a com­mu­nity

award for his vol­un­tary work with the Boys’ Bri­gade and for his an­nual Santa rou­tine.

Mar­garet is part of a com­mit­tee who col­lects money to get the grass cut in the common land in the area. How­ever they ask res­i­dents to put in a tad more to buy se­lec­tion boxes for the kids.

Chief in­spec­tor at Ruther­glen Po­lice Of­fice Pat O’Cal­laghan said that although driv­ing in this man­ner con­sti­tuted a crim­i­nal of­fence, which could re­sult in a £100 fixed penalty no­tice and three points on the li­cence of driver, the of­fi­cers had used their dis­cre­tion not to charge any­one.

He also said that one pos­si­ble so­lu­tion for next year could be to use a bolton seat in the back of the ve­hi­cle and added: “With re­gards to mov­ing for­ward for next year we would be happy for Mr Lind­say to con­tact us so we could ad­vise him on mea­sures he could take.”

Not so jol­lyJimmy is his Santa cos­tume, which he was in when ap­proached by the po­lice

Award Jimmy’s com­mu­nity gong

Bah hum­bug Jimmy was given into trou­ble by of­fi­cers after his an­nual Santa rou­tine

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