The sun shone and the atmosphere was jolly! Over 150 Santas gathered at Salisbury Cathedral on Saturday, for a festive Fun Run in aid of the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust (SSIT).
Santas of all ages and abilities took part with some travelling from as far afield as Devon.
With a welcome by the Very Reverend June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury, and festive music provided by Orangements, the Santas were soon warming up outside the West Front, ably directed by heptathlete Lucy Boggis and her sister Charlotte.
Lucy joined the little Santas on the start line and when the Dean said ‘go’, off they set. Soon a line of bobbing red hats could be seen winding their way around the Close, along Exeter Street and back through St Anne’s Gate. Crowds of passers by cheered them on and drivers honked their horns, enjoying the festive spectacle.
SSIT Trustee Jeremy Major, who also took part in the event, commented:
“With a new venue this year, we were really pleased that so many people signed up to take part and hope to build on this for 2012.
We are hugely grateful to the Cathedral for being so accommodating, to our sponsor Gerald Simonds, and to all those that gave their time to help with the event. It was wonderful to have the continued support of Lucy Boggis and Orangements and this year we are also indebted to the 4th Battalion the Rifles who acted as route marshals.”