Potters Bar Christmas sleigh back and better than ever

PUBLISHED: 16:11 04 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:50 05 December 2018

Santa with (left) chair of Christmas in Potters Bar Lynette Sullivan and Elise, one, Nicola Edwards and Arthur, two and the new Rotary Club sleigh. Picture: DANNY LOO

Santa with (left) chair of Christmas in Potters Bar Lynette Sullivan and Elise, one, Nicola Edwards and Arthur, two and the new Rotary Club sleigh. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Potters Bar Rotary club has proved that you can steal their generator, but you can’t take away their Christmas spirit.

Potters Bar Rotary Club's new Christmas sleigh. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar Rotary Club's new Christmas sleigh. Picture: DANNY LOO

They are proud and excited to announce the launch of their new Christmas sleigh for 2018.

On Friday, November 30 the new sleigh was revealed to the community at the Rotary Club.

Last year’s charity collections ended in shock when the generator was stolen in broad daylight while Rotarians were collecting inside the Tesco store.

A fundraising appeal was launched, raising £753.14. “This was a fantastic response by all who donated and we would like to say a huge thank you from all of us at the Rotary Club,” said Rotarian sleigh organiser John Godfrey.

Santa with (left) chair of Christmas in Potters Bar Lynette Sullivan and Elise, one, Nicola Edwards and Arthur, two and the new Rotary Club sleigh. Picture: DANNY LOOSanta with (left) chair of Christmas in Potters Bar Lynette Sullivan and Elise, one, Nicola Edwards and Arthur, two and the new Rotary Club sleigh. Picture: DANNY LOO

Honda UK then stepped up to supply a brand new generator worth £1250 for the amount of money raised.

The Rotarians then decided that not only would the sleigh be back - it would be better than ever.

A grant from the Carnival Committee contributed to the sleigh’s makeover costs, with John donating over 150 hours of his time on the rebuild.

“The sleigh was in need of a makeover and a modernisation of its systems,” said John. “We can now bring to you what we hope is a much better representation and contemporary look to enchant during both day and night-time and will be something that the children of Potters Bar will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Santa with chair of Christmas in Potters Bar Lynette Sullivan and Elise, one, and the new Rotary Club sleigh. Picture: DANNY LOOSanta with chair of Christmas in Potters Bar Lynette Sullivan and Elise, one, and the new Rotary Club sleigh. Picture: DANNY LOO

All lights have been renewed with eco-friendly LEDs, in addition to two snow machines, a bubble machine and an improved sound system.

‘Pulling’ the sleigh are none other than Rudolph and Prancer, bought online “and were probably on display in a department store years ago”, said John. “They needed extensive repairs to their antlers and are now the focal point of the sleigh along with two mesmerised squirrels looking up in amazement at the reindeer.”

The glammed-up new sleigh has a dazzling social schedule this season, too.

In addition to the residential routes and Tesco collections, it will put in an appearance at the tree-lighting event in Oakmere Park on Saturday December 8.

Potters Bar Rotary Club's new Christmas sleigh. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar Rotary Club's new Christmas sleigh. Picture: DANNY LOO

READ MORE: Potters Bar’s community sparkles in Christmas lights fundraising

The sleigh raises thousands of pounds per year for various good causes supported by the Rotary Club, with all collections and organisation done on an entirely voluntary basis.

Potters Bar Rotary Club's new Christmas sleigh. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar Rotary Club's new Christmas sleigh. Picture: DANNY LOO

Santa feeds Rudolph on the new Rotary Club sleigh as president John Powel hands over a cheque to Mayfair Lodge manager Jackie Makwangwala. Picture: DANNY LOOSanta feeds Rudolph on the new Rotary Club sleigh as president John Powel hands over a cheque to Mayfair Lodge manager Jackie Makwangwala. Picture: DANNY LOO

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