Getting ready for big parade
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.