They ran down towards the pier on the fine Sunday afternoon (9th December 2012) afraid Santa would arrive before they got there. But Santa knew the children were coming and asked the crew of the Ballycotton lifeboat to wait out in the bay for a few minutes to give the stragglers time to get there.
Chris played Christmas songs on the pier for those waiting for Santa’s arrival. Kate spotted the reindeer grazing on the small island and brought Emmet and Sadhbh up to see them over the storm wall.
Suddenly the Ballycotton lifeboat was on the move and Santa could be seen at the front waving to the waiting children. The excitement on the pier was intense. The parents and children crowded around the end of the pier and patiently waited for the lifeboat to be moored at the steps. Martina and Fiona made sure everyone got their chance to tell Santa their last minute requests. A couple of the children sang a Christmas carol while they were waiting.
The volunteer lifeboat crew made Santa comfortable in the wheelhouse and helped the children aboard to have a private visit with him. On board the Ballycotton lifeboat were two crewmembers who, between them, have been volunteers with the Ballycotton lifeboat for 56 years. Eolan Walsh, 2nd Coxswain, was presented with a 20 year long service medal at a gathering on Friday night last, 7 December, and Redmond Lane Walsh, Coxswain, was presented with a 30 year long service medal at the same event. Colm Sliney, Deputy Launching Authority for Ballycotton lifeboat, and Michael Lane Walsh, retired station mechanic, were also presented with 30 year long service medals.
When all the waiting children had been seen Santa was brought back out to the island to gather the reindeer and head back to the North Pole. He has to finalise his list of toys and games for delivery in two weeks time.
Christmas Day swim 2012 in aid of Ballycotton lifeboat
The annual Christmas Day swim in aid of Ballycotton lifeboat will take place at Garryvoe beach in East Cork at 12 noon. Anyone interested in taking part can contact Bláthnaid on 087 4151475 for further details. Ballycotton lifeboat station would like to thank all those who have supported them in 2012; it was much appreciated. They hope the Christmas Day swimmers are well supported and would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Christmas.