Puff­ing Billy ready to tour the streets

Sunderland Echo - - News - By Fiona Thomp­son fiona.thomp­son@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @fionath­omp­sonjp

Puff­ing Billy is get­ting ready to bring Christ­mas cheer to towns and vil­lages as the en­gine goes out on tour.

The en­gine was built by busi­ness­man Ian Mor­rell in trib­ute to the road train he re­mem­bered from his hol­i­days at But­lins in Fi­ley as a child.

In the run-up to De­cem­ber 25, the road train will be head­ing out to com­mu­ni­ties to bring joy to chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.

The train has been the in­spi­ra­tion for a se­ries of books writ­ten by Ian and il­lus­trated by Swin Tem­pest.

A spokesman for the tour said: “Once again Puff­ing Billy, the mag­i­cal lit­tle road train, will be bring­ing Santa, Mrs Claus and their elves to a vil­lage or area near you.

“It is a great op­por­tu­nity to bring your chil­dren out to meet Santa, and cap­ture the ex­cite­ment of Christ­mas, tell them to bring their Christ­mas let­ters along and Mrs Claus will check to see if they are on the naughty or nice list.

“Puff­ing Billy is purely vol­un­tary and sup­ports var­i­ous chil­dren’s char­i­ties, in­clud­ing Ward 23, the chil­dren’s heart ward, at the Free­man Hos­pi­tal.

“We will be stop­ping at des­ig­nated stops , which will be on the daily route posters, how­ever if peo­ple stand in large groups, we can stop for large groups of peo­ple.”

The dates and lo­ca­tions of the visit have been con­firmed, but the times are still to be an­nounced.

This year’s book is num­ber four in the se­ries and is ti­tled Puff­ing Billy and Santa’s Naughty Elves.

The tour is backed by North East Mo­bil­ity Ware­house Ltd, which is run by Ian.

For more de­tails, visit https://www.face­book.com/ puff­in­g­billy1959/.

Santa Claus and Puff­ing Billy are ready to visit towns and vil­lages.

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