Santa back on the road

Sleigh tour gets set to start

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ju­dith Ton­ner

Santa’s sleigh is ready to re­turn to the streets of Mon­k­lands as res­i­dents pre­pare for one of the area’s favourite Christ­mas tra­di­tions.

Vol­un­teers from Xact will be­gin their an­nual sleigh tour on Sun­day, be­gin­ning with a half-hour stop at the town’s branch of Tesco in Fara­day Re­tail Park.

Its first out­ing will then be around Coat­bridge that af­ter­noon and evening.

Santa will be visit­ing the area around Calder­vale High on his sec­ond trip of the fes­tive sea­son on Tues­day evening.

Ex­cited res­i­dents of all ages can also track Santa dur­ing his three Mon­k­lands trips per week at http:// Glympse. com/! Round Ta­ble Santa and all the lat­est up­dates on sleigh routes will be posted on the XACT Santa Face­book page.

Xact chair­man Gor­don Mil­lar told the Ad­ver­tiser: “We’re ex­cited to get back out on the road with Santa this year.

“The sleigh is al­ways in great de­mand all over Air­drie and Coat­bridge.

“We’re lim­ited by the num­ber of vol­un­teers, weather, road con­di­tions, traf­fic and pedes­trian con­cerns and time avail­able when we have Santa on his sleigh but we’re aim­ing to get round as many places as we can.

“If Santa and his sleigh can’t make it to a street we’d love to see peo­ple at an area nearby and we also have static lo­ca­tions on the Sun­days when fam­i­lies can pop along to say hello to Santa.”

Xact’s vol­un­teers are be­ing sup­ported by Fleet bid, who are pro­vid­ing a van and vol­un­teer driver and are also as­sist­ing the group to dis­trib­utes of the hun­dreds of do­na­tions al­ready pour­ing in for the Ad­ver­tiser’s an­nual toy ap­peal.

This week’s sleigh lo­ca­tions are – Sun­day: Tesco Coat­bridge (3.10pm3.45pm), Park­lands es­tate, Her­itage Way, Loch Bora Cres­cent, Loch Awe Place, Drumpel­lier Lawns es­tate, Manor Drive.

Tues­day: Calder­vale school area.

De­cem­ber 6: Golfhill and Glen­mavis.

De­cem­ber 9: Whif­flet precinct (3.10pm3.45pm), Kirk­shaws Road and Old Mon­k­land Road ar­eas, Straw­berry Fields, Lug­gie burn Walk and Vic­to­ria Park es­tates.

De­cem­ber 11: Chapel­side and new Clark­ston es­tates. De­cem­ber 13: Carn­broe. De­cem­ber 16: Tesco Air­drie (3.10pm-3.45pm), Ayr Drive, Mon­k­lands es­tate, Chapel­hall.

De­cem­ber 18: In­ver­lochy Road, Ewart Drive and Cro­marty Road es­tates in Cairn­hill.

De­cem­ber 20: Old Rushes es­tate, Fer­gu­son Way, Linkwood Road es­tate.

The sleigh is al­ways in great de­mand all over Air­drie and Coat­bridge

Top tra­di­tion Young vol­un­teers Mark Mil­lar and Ryan Kear­ney helped to launch the sleigh tour

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