Lollies rain on Emerald's parade

THE streets of Emerald rained with lollies on Christmas Eve as Operation Rudolph rolled through town.

The procession of ambulances, police cars, fire trucks and cars from other community organisations left from the South Pole - otherwise known as Campbell Ford Dr and Crinum Cres - and slowly made its way through the streets, throwing sweet treats to onlookers of all ages.

"We left the South Pole early in the evening at 5.30pm and got back to the station at 8.15pm," Santa's spokesman Ian Cornish said.

"There were people out and about watching for Santa Claus and the crews to come by."

Onlookers weren't the only ones who received the treats with some returning the favour to those who took part in the convoy.

"Santa Claus got rewarded a couple of times and the crews did as well with some great Christmas cheer," Ian said.

"Everybody enjoyed it, it was an event of the year - it always is.

"It was bigger than usual," Mr Cornish said

Seeing the joy on the faces of the children was one of the biggest thrills for Ian who said it was wonderful seeing young and old watching and waiting for the procession to pass by.

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