The Lord Mayor and his Bradford Bear mascot will be visiting Santa Claus’s Christmas grotto in the Oastler Shopping Centre, Bradford, on December 16, 3:15pm.
Santa Claus is coming to the Oastler Shopping Centre in Bradford to sing seasonal songs and collect money for the Lord Mayor’s Christmas appeal. He’ll be appearing in his specially-constructed grotto on the following dates:
Dec 14th Saturday 11.00am – 15.00pm
Dec 15th Sunday 13.00pm – 15.00pm
Dec 21st Saturday 11.00am – 15.00pm
Dec 22nd Sunday 13.00pm – 15.00pm
Dec 23rd Monday 11.00am – 15.00pm.
Anyone who wants a picture taken with Santa will be asked to make a contribution to the Lord Mayor’s appeal.
Santa’s official spokesperson, Karl Dallas, explained: “Santa has been coming to the Oastler Shopping Centre for five years now, and people usually want to take a picture of their children with him. He’s always had a bucket for donations to charity, but this year he’s made it official, by arrangement with the Lord Mayor, Councillor Khadim Hussain, so each person who takes a photo will be asked to put a donation into Santa’s bucket.”
There will also be a prize for the best photo taken. Copies of photos for the competition should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glyde House, BD5 0BQ (opp Ice Rink)
Wed Dec 18, 8pm
Spirit of a rather different sort will be a feature of Karl’s other seasonal activity, a concert for Christian Aid at the Glyde House, Bradford, BD5 0BQ on Wednesday, December 15, 8pm, under the title “We Wish You a Bloody Christmas”.
He explains: “The show’s title is deliberately provocative, referring to the fact that for many people, Christmas is not the season of peace and goodwill the angels sang of, but a truly bloody time. Alcoholics, I know, dread it, because it puts them under tremendous pressures, and of course the homeless revisit the “no room” alienation that put Jesus in a manger. Only New Year, perhaps, surpasses Christmas as a time of bad will for too many in our society.
“But the show will also include lots of happy, singalong songs.”
For instance: Karl has written hip new words to the familiar “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” tune, beginning:
Stay cool and live it up my friends, all women and all men
Cos don’t you know that Christmastime has come around again
A season of goodwill and peace and joy till time shall end
Oh-oh tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
Glad tidings of comfort and joy.