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Publication date:- 2017-09-12

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Annual Vehicle Only Charity Christmas Parade, in Southport
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THE, now annual, Charity Christmas Parade, in Southport, on Sunday, 3 December 2017, was even bigger than ever, in fact, it was the biggest, of its type, in the North West of England, this year!

The event helps raise funds and also to gain toys for Woodvale (Ainsdale) based Springbrook Residential Unit. The centre provides short residential breaks, mostly 2 to 3 nights, for disabled young people who have been identified as needing such a service, by a Social Worker assessment. Springbrook can accommodate up to 5 young people, between the ages of 8 to 17 years, male or female, at any 1 time.

This year's Christmas Parade included a wide range of vehicles, covered in decorations and lights to help add to the Christmas spirit in Southport as well as to add some magic to the stay of those using Springbrook.

The parade this year took up both sides of the Promenade; it rolled on, passed the Marine Lake, and still had part of it passing Pleasureland when the front reached the roundabout, on its return down the Promenade. With steam traction engines, trucks, vans, cars, floats, ice cream vans, motorbikes, even the Liverpool FC bus, and not forgetting the main man himself, Father Christmas on a sleigh! This was quite a feat of sight and sound… After the 1st section, with lights, horns and music, the parade then snaked its way through to Woodvale, along Lord Street West, Lulworth Road, Waterloo Road and Liverpool Road. Those taking part then delivered 100s of toys to Springbrook Children's Home.

Surprisingly this was the event's 3rd year, but shockingly, despite the size and amazing sight this event made, local media and regional media have really not picked it up. We are please to have been able to film it and to have taken photos of the convoy.

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Well done to Adam Brown, who organised this event along with his small team of elves. To see our video footage, please click on here or play it below. Please also share the video on Social Media, as this event needs to be highlighted. We can't wait to 2018's event, now we are aware of this and wish all who took part, especially Adam, a fantastic Christmas.

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Don't Miss the FREE Formby Nativity Musical

THE Churches Together in Formby, Altcar and Hightown (CTIFAH) have an amazing festive delight ...Click on here to find out more...

14th Liverpool Santa Dash and 5k Fun Run
Merseyside Police Officer awarded Queen's Police Medal
˝ of adults in the North West admit to overspending on food at Christmas
Local charity calls for urgent action to help disabled people and their families due to increasing poverty
Survey reveals why Brits love British more than ever before
'Support Northern Powerhouse culture this Christmas,' Minister says during Coronation Street trip
46 year, from Formby, wanted by Police
Letter to Editor:- "Stamp appeal for Bone Cancer Research Trust"
5 star Christmas dinner for Wirral's care leavers
From Carbon' to play in Liverpool
Man arrested after the discovery of a cannabis farm in St Helens
Almost 2,700 children in the North West will be homeless on Christmas day
2 licensed firearms stolen in Formby
Community Grant fund supporting local projects in Pensby and Thingwall
Offender caught on camera at fly tipping 'grot spot'
Girlguiding Leader from Burscough selected to embark on international adventure
Beware of dodgy doorstep traders, residents warned
Family tribute to May Margaret Laidlaw
Feasibility study over introduction of Red Routes in Liverpool
West Lancashire College is delighted to announce 2 brand new undergraduate qualifications
Death of woman, 19, from anorexia was avoidable, Ombudsman rules
Parents thank teachers this Christmas with a donation to R Charity
'Ethical' Housing Company to build homes for homeless, foster carers, large families, disabled and the elderly
Southport Botanic Gardens Community Association receives a helping hand from McCarthy and Stone
Homes for homeless young people this Christmas
Man attempts to steal smuggled pup from Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre
6 years 3 months for prolific burglar

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