All aboard as the Santa Special gets back on track
THE Post is once again offering families the opportunity to apply for places on the Avon Valley Railway Santa Special.
Last year The Post was inundated with applications from grandparents, mums and dads. Many of them told of young children who bravely battled illness.
Others explained that youngsters had gone through a difficult year and deserved a special treat at Christmas.
Each year their stories move staff at Avon Valley Railway and The Post has once again teamed up with the Bitton-based railway and booked a carriage on the first Santa Special of the year at 10.30am on Sunday, November 25.
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That means there are 60 spaces available on board for deserving children and their families who get the opportunity to meet Santa on board a special steam train.
Santa, accompanied by his helpers, will make his way through the train, stopping to talk to all the children and give them each a present – providing they have been good.
Adults are not neglected as everyone will also receive a mince pie or festive biscuit.
The Post editor Mike Norton said: "Christmas is a very special time of year when we think of others, giving presents to and receiving presents from those who are special to us.
"Unfortunately, not everyone is in such a fortunate position and The Post would like to give something to some of the most deserving children in the area in the run-up to Christmas.
"I'd like to hear from local groups who feel their children deserve the opportunity to enjoy such a special experience.
"I'd also like to thank the Avon Valley Railway for donating this Santa Special train ride, as I know they are extremely popular and seats are at a premium.
"We hope all the lucky winners will have a great day out on the train and meeting Father Christmas."
Development manager David Cole said: "We're delighted to be again working with The Post to offer some of the most deserving children in the area a special Christmas.
"Each year we see thousands of happy children on our Santa trains, so we're very pleased to have an opportunity to extend that Christmas cheer even further."
Avon Valley Railway's Santa Special trains run every Saturday and Sunday from November 25 until Christmas plus Christmas Eve, November 25 and Monday, December 10.
The six-mile round trip takes approximately one hour.
With more than 10,000 visitors each year, advance booking is essential.
Telephone 0117 932 5538 or book online at www.avonvalleyrailway.org.
Unfortunately, due to their age, the railway carriages are not wheelchair accessible.
Applications should be sent to Rob Stokes, Deputy Editor, The Post, Temple Way, Bristol, BS99 7HD by midday on Wednesday (November 14), with a brief explanation of why the child deserves a special treat this Christmas the seats.
Be sure to include your name and contact details.
Alternatively, email Rob at email@example.com.