26 Nov 2018
This year’s annual Christmas bus to promote the Lord Mayor of Canterbury’s Christmas Gift Fund was unveiled at the council offices on Monday. 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 Colin Spooner alongside Stagecoach’s operations director Joanne Howe. The Lord Mayor said “"When, over the years, people have said I look like the back of a bus I always hoped they were being a little tongue in cheek. But now it's actually true!
"We are immensely grateful to Stagecoach for helping us to promote the Lord Mayor of Canterbury's Christmas Gift Fund and for their unwavering support for the open-air carol concert which takes place every year in Rose Square with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”
Last year, an enormous crowd, estimated to be over 4,000 strong attended the event which raised over of £5,500 on the night. The annual family occasion 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. The Lord Mayor added "For me the concert makes Christmas and I know my predecessors have been touched that thousands of people turn out to give their support. Some people need our help and support and this is especially so at Christmas.
"With the help of an army of volunteers, the Lord Mayor of Canterbury's Gift Fund raises money to buy and deliver gift vouchers and grocery parcels to elderly people, disabled people, lonely people and young people who need our help at this special time of year."
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.
Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Colin Spooner with Stagecoach operations director Joanne Howe unveiling this year’s Christmas bus at the Council Offices on Monday.