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  • by David Sharman

THEY weren’t quite dashing through the snow, but there was still enthusiasm in abundance for the annual Trinity Hospice Santa Dash.

More than 700 donned coats of red and beards of white to compete in the charity fun run, between South and Central Piers.

And yesterday’s event, which raised £17,000 for the hospice last year, had an additional star quality this year because Blackpool’s own Paralympic heroin Shelly Woods was on hand to fire the starting gun.

She said: “It’s brilliant and nice to be here to start it, I’ve never seen so many Santas before. It’s a fantastic cause.

“I went and had a look round the hospice in May and the work that goes on there is amazing. I’m done with my competition for this year so I’ll leave it to the Santas now.”

Shirley Morgan, from the Hospice, said: “The weather encouraged a few more people to come out so it looks like more than we had last year, it’s a really important fund raiser for us.”

Rachel Baldwin, 30, from Bispham, was running with friends Lisa Horton, 34, and Chelsea Beaumont, 19.

Dog Minxy also joined the trio.

Rachel said: “It’s her first race.

“She’s a bit scared and a bit apprehensive but I’m sure she’ll do well.”


Christmas - it’s the real thing...

THE holidays are comin’ and to celebrate a famous symbol of Christmas found itself in Blackpool on Saturday afternoon.

The iconic red Coca-Cola lorry was parked on the Tower Festival Headland, on the Promenade to provide fun and excitement for all the family ahead of the approaching festive season.

Hundreds turned out to see the lorry, made famous by the soft drinks company’s annual television advert – in which a convoy of trucks carrying cola bottles proceed down a snowy track doling out festive cheer.




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