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Bridlington Santa's Sleigh Organisers 'sworn at' over 2020 plans

Source. BBC News 24 November 2020

The organisers of an annual festive event around the streets of Bridlington have hit out at "keyboard warriors" verbally abusing the charity online.

Bridlington Roundtable said it was sworn at and was sent negative messages after it announced changes to Santa's Sleigh 2020 due to Covid-19.

The group said a "minority" complained about sweets no longer being handed out to children as the sleigh passed by.

The roundtable said it had put "a bit of a dampener on the Christmas spirit".

The event, which started in 1985, features a sleigh built on a caravan chassis being towed around the streets of the coastal town over eight nights in December.

Organisers said the charity event, which has raised more than £50,000 in the last decade, has been adapted for 2020 to make it safe.

Sam Berridge, from the roundtable, said: "We've had a lot of people moaning about the sweets, saying it's disgusting that we're taking their money but we're not giving the kids sweets.

"We've had quite a few people swearing at us. I won't repeat what they said but they've been quite aggressive towards the roundtable."

Full Story: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-55060078

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I think this is absolutely appalling. This is a community charity, all of the monies raised go back into the local community. They are trying their best to get a balance between public safety and ensuring the children have some Christmas Fun.

The sweets that are normally given to the children during the event are to be sent to local schools for distribution.

I really don't understand some people.

As my saying goes, "You can please some of the people some of the time"

"But some people simply refuse to be pleased"

Sorry for the mini rant.

I will have myself snowballed

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