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Newark councillor sleighs covid opposition with cheer

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A town and district councillor with a heart of gold has been spreading some Christmas cheer by doing the rounds dressed as Santa.

Laurence Goff, a non-driver, has been seen pedalling his bike around Newark in full Santa regalia bestowing gifts that he’s bought from his own pocket.

He’s helped out single parents, pre-schools and the lonely and has put smiles on faces as the fear over the coronavirus pandemic, and especially the omicron variant, continue.

Laurence Goff as Father Christmas. (53874478)
Laurence Goff as Father Christmas. (53874478)

When approached, Mr Goff, who is the town’s deputy mayor, said: “I’ve been cycling around delivering Christmas presents and goodwill to families who are hard-up or in need of cheer.”

Mr Goff, still dressed as Father Christmas, has also used this festive time to help those with no room at the inn to get re-housed if possible, intervening on behalf of a mum of four living in a two-bedroom flat.

“Delivering Christmas cheer, that’s what it’s all about. People are struggling,” said Mr Goff: “I don’t do it for any thanks or to big myself up, no other reason than it’s a nice thing to do at this time of year. You do what you can. If you know somebody on their own at Christmas, maybe they’ve lost their husband or wife recently, pick up the phone and call them, My phone is always on, ring me if you need me.”

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