‘I do this for the pleasure of making somebody happy’

HARD-WORKING Ray Bastin at Waterlooville's new bandstand
HARD-WORKING Ray Bastin at Waterlooville's new bandstand
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AFTER nearly six months of planning for Santa’s Grotto it finally came to fruition – and was a great success.

This was made possible by being offered the use of the rear of the Clix shop in the southern end of London Road.

My thanks to Neil, the owner of Clix.

I would also like to give enormous thanks to Richard Shaw who organised the building of the grotto. We even had a family from Petersfield who came to see Santa.

Plans for 2013 have already begun. There will, of course, be the summer fete at Waterlooville Recreation Ground on Wednesday, August 14.

Hopefully it will be even bigger than last year.

I also have plans for various musical events to be held at the bandstand the precinct, which may include a Bandstand Marathon event at some time in April.

Full details of this will be published on the town centre notice board.

I am hoping for Christmas 2013 to be even more memorable.

I have also been putting together various plans for a 200th anniversary celebration in 2015 of the founding of Waterlooville, which relates to the historical Battle of Waterloo. I will be hoping to highlight some of the historical features of Waterloo, as it was then called.

Why am I doing all this? At Christmas 2011 when Santa visited every shop and business in Waterlooville and was approached many times for photographs, he was asked by one person ‘What are you getting out of this?’, meaning monetary gain.

Santa replied by pointing to a child with a beaming smile on his face and said: ‘That’s what I get, the pleasure of making somebody happy.’