Father Christmas made a spectacular arrival in Heathfield on Saturday (November 23) morning, swapping his sleigh for a Harley Davidson.The town was buzzing when he arrived to start the festive shopping season at the town’s Christmas Fun Day.
He was escorted by more than 30 local Harley riders, many dressed in full elf or Christmas outfits.
He then transferred to his own ‘Harley’ mobility scooter which was kindly oaned by Wealden Mobility based in Heathfield, to tour the town before arriving at his specially prepared grotto in Union Church.
During the day more than 200 children visited him and each one received a present sponsored by local business people.
On Friday evening helicopters were hidden in more than 50 participating shop windows throughout the town, to tie in with the Heathfield Chamber of Commerce charity of the year, Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
This year’s children’s window competition was well supported by the shops in Heathfield with more than 50 taking part.
Children had to complete a competition form by finding the name and colour of 54 helicopters.
More than 80 families took part in the competition and amazingly over 20 correctly identified all the helicopters.
The winner was Emma Clarke, who went back into town to receive her prize from Father Christmas.
There was also live music in the High Street from local band ‘Doctors Orders’ and friends.
The fun continued as the sun went down and children from Punnetts Town Primary School led Christmas carol singing.
Local celebrity Peter Bayless gave a short talk about winning Masterchef and then joined Father Christmas and Emma Clarke as they switched on the Christmas lights.
The chamber said a big thank you to everyone who took part in the day, including those who sponsored Santas presents, waved collection tins and hid helicopters in shop windows.
Special thanks went to Father Christmas and the Harley Davidson Club and to everyone who turned out to have fun and support the Chamber charity of the year and they looked forward to finding out how much money had been raised for this great cause.