Get­ting ready for big pa­rade

The Timaru Herald - - NEWS -

Christ­mas is the sea­son of giv­ing and Geral­dine’s Santa has gone the ex­tra dis­tance with his good­will.

Garry Sheed, who will again be Santa in this evening’s Christ­mas pa­rade, has been gen­er­ously loan­ing out his sleigh to other towns for their pa­rades.

The float is placed in dry, clean stor­age for the other 11 months of the year, Sheed said.

The sleigh boasts an in­ter­est­ing his­tory. It was orig­i­nally run by the Ti­maru Trust but fell into dis­re­pair with no money to fix it, Sheed, who is the owner of Big Fresh Su­per­mar­ket in Geral­dine, said.

‘‘I took it over and re­con­di­tioned it all, adding more ar­mour ev­ery year to give it that wow fac­tor.’’

The pa­rade starts at 6pm and will travel along Tal­bot St from His­lop to Peel streets and with more than 60 en­tries the pa­rade is ex­pected to be a mix of fes­tive floats, farm ma­chin­ery, com­mu­nity groups and vin­tage ve­hi­cles.

Among those play­ing a big be­hind-the-scenes role is Hay­wood Cot­tage Montes­sori head teacher Sally Sharp. She and her team will have their hands full do­ing makeup and cos­tumes for 30 tots, aged 2 to 5, who are in the pa­rade.

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