An urgent call to Santa’s helpers to start the enormous and often complicated task of preparing for Santa’s visit next month was met with seasonal enthusiasm and very soon the Bonded Warehouse was a hive of industry as partitions were erected, lights checked and attached to the ceilings and tinsel adorned wherever there was a blank space. The active display once again featuring the ever popular Thomas the Tank engine was also constructed – quite a challenge with items needing to be carefully positioned and a veritable spaghetti of wiring connected safely – it’s all looking very good I must say. The entrance to the Grotto has also been changed this year under the watchful eye of Pauline, one of the volunteers. The ‘set’ is more directed towards a ‘snow scene’ style which works well in showing off the festive display amongst twinkling lights. A new red carpet has been ordered, featuring silver twinkly bits so that should look very festive but creates another task to fit it (it all got a bit too much for Della at one stage – see photograph!).
There’s much more to do so it will be “all go” for the next few weeks as further decorations are put in place – it promises to be a spectacular show !