Christmas tour that now has whiskers

PUBLISHED: 17:37 05 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

SANTA and his red-nosed reindeer Rudolph are setting off on a 30th anniversary tour of Felixstowe to raise funds for a variety of good causes this Christmas.

SANTA and his red-nosed reindeer Rudolph have set off on a 30th anniversary tour of Felixstowe to raise funds for a variety of good causes this Christmas.

For it is three decades now that the reindeer and his helpers have been touring the resort – with many of the children who stayed up to eagerly greet him in the early years now seeing him with their own offspring!

The float is organised by Felixstowe Round Table and over the next two-and-a-half weeks will be visiting streets all over the seaside town and its nearby villages.

Fundraising officer Jim Gooding said money raised would go good causes and charities supported by the round table and people needing help were invited to contact the group.

"Over the years Rudolph has helped many people in Felixstowe and the local area – money raised from his tour of the town helped with the cost of building the Red Cross Centre, has bought wheelchairs, and paid for many things," said Mr Gooding.

"It is great fun to do the tour of the town with him and people always look out for us, young and old. People give us tremendous support and many seem to save up their donations to give us."

Rudolph's routes:

Tonight (Thursday) : Trimley St Martin.

Friday December 7: Coronation Drive and area.

Monday December 10: Cavendish Park.

Tuesday December 11: Westmorland Road and side roads.

Wednesday December 12: Langer Road and seafront streets.

Thursday December 13: Western Avenue estate.

Friday December 14: Faulkeners Way estate, Trimley St Mary.

Monday December 17: Station Road and New Road, Trimley St Mary.

Tuesday December 18: Cornwall Road and Seaton Road.

Wednesday December 19: Cricket Hill.

Thursday December 20: Kirton.

Friday December 21: Orwell Green.

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