Santas set to sweep through Saddleworth

Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 25 November 2019

A tidal wave of love carried by 1,500 determined fundraisers is set to sweep through a Saddleworth village next month.

Uppermill  is preparing for its 5th Santa Dash, and the organisers, industrious Saddleworth Round Table, say   tickets are selling fast.

They promise this year’s event on Saturday, December 7, is set to be an absolute spectacle, with more than 1500 Santas hitting the streets of Uppermill and surrounding villages.  

And Round Table say this year exciting changes are going to keep the festivities going all afternoon.

With the relocation of Santa Dash's start finish line to Uppermill Park, Tablers  are pleased to announce  the first Uppermill Christmas Markets, will be  placed right in the heart of the village.  

Festive musical acts will run throughout the afternoon, and will culminate in two, special headline Saddleworth lads tipped for stardom.

Harry Lavin, who is appearing while touring and playing with Twisted Wheel,  and, as  a special guest, they have the breakout star of this year's Cotton Clouds festival, Sam Mcgurk.

Ed Burbidge, Round Table’s  lead at the event ,said: “Santa Dash registrations are already in motion and last weekend more than 100 tickets were sold in less than 48 hours.

 “To avoid disappointment, it's best to get yours purchased today!” he advised.

Tickets for this year’s  Santa Dash cost £15 for adults and £5 for children.  

Your ticket will get you entry to the 2km or 5km Dash, a full Santa Suit (hat only for children), running number, and unique finishers medal, specially designed for 2019.  

Tickets can be purchased through the Saddleworth Round Table Facebook page, follow links to Eventbrite. 

Entry to the Winter Wonderland and Christmas Markets are free, however, donations are always appreciated.  The Winter Wonderland will culminate in the annual lights switch on, Santa Parade, carol singing, and fireworks. 

The Christmas Markets will open at 1pm, and run until 7:30pm, with the Santa Dash kicking off on Saturday, December  7.

Saddleworth Round Table is a volunteer-run organisation for  men aged between 18 and 45, and raises funds which  are passed on to local groups.  

Last year the big hearted charity  donated more than  £20,000 to local good causes.

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