RESIDENTS had plenty of fun but learned some serious lessons at a Bognor Regis community event.
Scores turned out last Saturday to the festive event which saw the emergency services team-up to promote safety over the Christmas period.
Representatives from Sussex Police, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and Arun District Council were all in the town’s shopping precinct spreading their messages, as well as festive cheer.
An appearance by Rudolph raised a few smiles and children’s faces were all lit up as they paid a visit to Santa in his grotto.
Mother-of-three Fiona Russell, of Nyetimber Lane, said: “We were shopping in the town centre and just happened to see what was going on so came for a look.
“The children have enjoyed seeing Santa and Rudolph and I have got some advice from firefighters.”
A model police bike which youngsters could sit on also drew youngsters in and face- painting was also another popular attraction.
Five-year-old Mollie Smyth was waiting for her turn with her three-year-old brother Alfie.
“It has been fun. I liked seeing Rudolph and I want a go on the bike as well,” she said.
For those who fancied a bite to eat there were plenty of food stalls. Polish and Eastern European Christmas treats were on the menu too.
There was also musical and dance entertainment.
Danny Wick, 33, of Felpham Way, said: “I think it is brilliant the emergency services have come together to do this. They have a visible presence on the streets while they are getting their messages across.
“The food stalls are also good as it lets residents have a taste of the different cultures in the town.”
Officers from Sussex Police were reminding people to think before they drink and get behind the wheel especially during the Christmas party season.
Firefighters were also on hand with safety advice and messages too.
The event ran from 11am until 4pm.