Fireys roll out the festive season cheer

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph

Christmas will come early for Port Hedland residents preparing for a festive visit during the Santa Lolly Run this Friday.

The water fight and lolly run extravaganza organised by South Hedland Volunteer Fire and Rescue is three days before Christmas.

The celebratory parade starts at 5pm at South Hedland Skate Park, moving to Koombana Park at 5.25pm, Marquee Water Park at 5.45pm, Shay Gap Park at 6.05pm and Murdoch Estate Park at 6.35pm. Firefighter Troy Bauchop said residents should take the opportunity to come along and have a good time.

“During the day we will be visiting the skate park, going through to the water park, Shay Gap Park and Murdoch Estate — during that time we will be throwing lollies and having water fights,” he said.

“We will have Santa on the back, all crew from South Hedland volunteers and the Hedland Bush Fire Brigade will be there as well.

“There will be around five trucks — we did it last year and had an absolute ball. We had people at every park and people following us.

“We’ll try and stick to the times — come along and have a great time, enjoy the Christmas fun.”

Port Hedland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service held a similar event last Sunday.

PHVFRS Lieutenant Graeme Hunter said about six crew, a light tanker and pump were involved this year for the water fight.

“Port Hedland VFRS is 100 per cent volunteer-based and we find this is one way we give back to the community and say thanks for their support,” he said.

“It was a great success — we had nearly 200 kids come out across Port Hedland.

“It was good to see a great response from the community.”

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