Fire trucks sweeten week with lolly run

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It wouldn’t be Christ­mas in Kar­ratha with­out the tra­di­tion of the lolly run — the an­nual pro­ces­sion of fire trucks through the streets, sirens blar­ing, shar­ing lol­lies and in­cit­ing wa­ter fights.

To the de­light of lo­cal chil­dren, the Kar­ratha Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice be­gan its lolly run last Fri­day and be­tween then and this Satur­day will cover every sub- urb in town. Santa has also joined the team for an­other year and will be rid­ing aboard the ser­vice’s vin­tage Bed­ford truck.

Kar­ratha VFRS com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Peter Mor­gan said the lolly run was a beloved lo­cal tra­di­tion.

“It's all about hav­ing fun and just pro­mot­ing that com­mu­nity spirit,” he said. “It’s prob­a­bly one of only a few events here that re­ally en­cour- ages peo­ple to get out the front of their houses and en­gag­ing with their neigh­bours, which they wouldn’t nor­mally do.”

The Kar­ratha lolly run started in the late 1970s and has been a Christ­mas sta­ple ever since.

Vol­un­teers start bag­ging lol­lies weeks in ad­vance and this year the firies were also as­sisted by St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teers.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Santa with Joel Mor­gan, 6, Lach­lan Mor­gan, 8, and Kar­ratha VFRS mem­bers (back) Peter Voigt, Klin­ton Flood (cap­tain) and Kiera Mol­lentze; and (front) Carly Wieland and Peter Mor­gan.

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