Christmas event is big success

C131609-2 Bog Santa  phot kate''The Mayor of Bognor Regis, Paul Wells with Father Christmas and the Snowman at the Community Centre in Westloats Lane.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131609-2
C131609-2 Bog Santa phot kate''The Mayor of Bognor Regis, Paul Wells with Father Christmas and the Snowman at the Community Centre in Westloats Lane.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131609-2
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FATHER Christmas met the town mayor of Bognor Regis at a popular festive event.

The season visitor had the chance to meet the town’s leading citizen, Cllr Paul Wells, at the Christmas celebration of the Bognor Community Action Network charity.

Last Saturday’s occasion attracted a record turnout of some 350 people to the youth and community centre on Westloats Lane to warm up for the countdown to Christmas.

Carol Fullick, Bognor CAN’s development manager, said: “It was a fantastic day and very busy.

“It was better attended than previous years. I think that was helped by the weather staying fine all day for a change.

“Bognor Hotham Rotary Club brought along their Christmas sleigh and parked it at the front of the building playing carols and Christmas songs.

“Their members and the town mayor were impressed by the number of people who came along.

“Town councillor Pat Dillon was also a snowman for the day. The children who were here had a good time.

“Our group for older people baked lots of cakes to sale for donations.

“There was also a raffle and lucky dip and stalls run by other community groups. Many of the items were homemade.”

The day raised more than £1,000 for Bognor CAN’s work in the community.

“We do this every year because the community really look forward to it and it brings people together,” said Carol.

“There is a lovely family atmosphere. It raises money for Bognor CAN but it is also about promoting what we do in the centre.”

She said all the stalls were run by volunteers and the weeks of preparations which went into making the occasion a success were donated by all those involved in them.