Published: November 25, 2011
Fundraising steps up a gear at Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club!

Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club is putting the finishing touches to a new addition to its fundraising machine.

The club has built a wooden train, illuminated with over 60 metres of lights, which will be making several appearances during the next few weeks.

Father Christmas will be arriving on it in style at Burnham's Christmas lights switch-on this Saturday (November 26th) in Victoria Street, as featured here.

And he will also be using the train to visit Burnham High Street on Friday December 2nd for the town's Late Night Shopping Evening, featured here.

After these dates, the train also will be calling it at Highbridge, Burnham and Berrow where it will be spreading cheer to shoppers at Tesco and Morrisons.

Burnham Lions Club's Jim Rowley told "Burnham Lions are always looking for ways to raise funds to help other people. The idea of an illuminated Christmas train to transport Father Christmas in and around Burnham was brought to the club by a member and the go-ahead was given to start work on its construction in August."

"It's 11 foot long, six foot wide and seven foot high - and is made mainly of wood and decorated with 60 metres of lights."

"A big thank you goes to Warren Farm in Brean who have kindly let us borrow their 4x4 truck to tow the train during our collections."

He added: "We hope to give children the chance to see Father Christmas and at the same time collect money for local charities."

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