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Rudolph's countdown to tour of town

PUBLISHED: 19:24 30 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

CHILDREN across Ipswich are officially starting the countdown to Christmas by gearing up for one of the traditional festive highlights.

From Monday, Rudolph and Santa will begin their annual pilgrimage of local streets with organisers the Ipswich Round Table 240 looking to net thousands of pounds to help local charities.

CHILDREN across Ipswich are officially starting the countdown to Christmas by gearing up for one of the traditional festive highlights.

From Monday, Rudolph and Santa will begin their annual pilgrimage of local streets with organisers the Ipswich Round Table 240 looking to net thousands of pounds to help local charities.

Their main benefactor this year will be Disability Care Enterprise with some £3,000 being pledged by chairman Mark Riley and Mark Murphy at the Evening Star's Press Ball, in May.

Mr Murphy, who regularly presents the breakfast programme on Radio Suffolk and is a veteran of many Rudolph runs, remembers when he used to look out for Rudolph when he was a child.

"It was, and still is, very much part of the magic of Christmas" he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Riley said that there was something particularly magical about this pre-Christmas tradition:

"The spirit of Rudolph and Santa lives on in children's hearts everywhere and to raise so much money every year makes it so worthwhile."

The fun will be launched on Monday, December 3, at 5.30 pm from the Cornhill in Ipswich. Maureen Carrington-Brown, the town's mayor, will be on hand to send Rudolph on his merry way with a sherry and a mince pie.

Local firm Lindacre Landrover have sponsored the vehicle being used to pull the float.

The company's sales manager Marc Driver said: "It is with great pleasure we can help out in a small way to help towards this great Ipswich Christmas tradition."

The route for this year's event is printed below.

Please be ready with whatever change you can spare as Rudolph gallops past your house. The Star will be following Rudolph and Santa along their way and telling you how much money has been raised.

The procession has to be manned by at least seven people each night and finding enough willing volunteers can be a problem.

Anybody who feels they can help this year can call Round Tabler Rob Adams on 01473 611823.

N Monday: Bramford Road area; December 4: Woodbridge Road; 5: New Crofts; 6: day off; 7: Rivers; 9: Crown Pools – childrens' party; 10: Bixley Drive and Australia Estate; 11: Rosehill; 12: Belstead Hills; 14: California; 15: Town Centre; Dec 17: Racecourse; 18: Stoke Park; 20: Town Centre; 21: Christchurch Road; 22: Last Night/Pub Run.

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