Operation Rudolph a super sweet success
CHILDREN and adults alike lined the streets with bags to be filled by a shower of sweets from Operation Rudolph on Christmas Eve.
The annual event saw emergency services join together and cruise the streets, with lights blazing and Christmas carols blaring, while throwing lollies out of windows.
Ambulance officer Ian Cornish suited up as the man in red and took his seat in the sleigh for the parade.
"It was excellent, marvellous - always a success," Ian said.
The weather was gloomy when the SES, police, ambos and firies piled into about 15 emergency service vehicles, but as they headed off through Emerald neighbourhoods, Ian said the rain didn't dampen their Christmas spirit.
"It was a bit wet when we set off but Santa moves in all kinds of weather," he said.
"Instead of snow, he was on his sleigh in the rain.
"The weather did eventually clear up and it was very good.
"Everybody who participated was very happy with the success of Operation Rudolph.
"And Santa Claus got rewarded with refreshments during the parade."
He said he was very grateful for the generous donations of sweet treats.
The lollies formed a high, sugary mountain in the ambulance station's quarters.
"I'd like to thank the local businesses for the supply of lollies to go towards the cause," he said.
"There were too many lollies to count or weigh.
"And we still have a lot left over.
"(These) will be used for the Sunflower Festival."