- Stagecoach supports Lord Mayor of Canterbury’s Christmas Gift Fund
- Christmas bus unveiled to promote ‘Open Air Carols’ on Christmas Eve
This year’s annual Christmas bus to promote the Lord Mayor of Canterbury’s Christmas Gift Fund was unveiled at the council offices on Tuesday. The charity helps people living in the Canterbury community who may be elderly, vulnerable or facing particular hardship.
The bus was launched by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury councillor George Metcalfe alongside Stagecoach’s managing director Philip Norwell. Cllr Metcalfe said “We’re really grateful to Stagecoach for continuing to help us promote the Lord Mayor of Canterbury’s Christmas Gift Fund. Once again they have emblazoned one of their buses to advertise the ‘Open Air Carols’ in Rose Square on Christmas Eve with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”
Last year, an enormous crowd, estimated to be over 4,000 strong attended the event which raised a record amount of £4,871 on the night. The annual family event is a traditional part of Christmas in Canterbury and has been organised each year since 1952 by the local charity, The Lord Mayor of Canterbury’s Christmas Gift Fund. Cllr Metcalfe added “For 64 years this charity has provided grocery parcels and toy vouchers to individuals and families deserving a little something at Christmas. This is accomplished by the generosity of local people and businesses and the all year round hard work of a dedicated committee.”
This year’s Open Air Carols will be sung in Rose Square, Canterbury on Christmas Eve from 6.15pm with singing led by St Stephen’s Church Choir from the Primark balcony and music from the Salvation Army Band.
The Christmas bus can be seen on local Canterbury city bus routes until the end of the year.