Photo gallery and video: Singing firefighters and Santa sleigh visit bring festive cheer to flood-ravaged Walcott

The Backdrafts performing at The Lighthouse Inn, Walcott to raise money for the flood appeal. Katie Hollis, 8, from Castaways Holiday Park, Bacton, shakes her bucket.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY The Backdrafts performing at The Lighthouse Inn, Walcott to raise money for the flood appeal. Katie Hollis, 8, from Castaways Holiday Park, Bacton, shakes her bucket. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Sunday, December 22, 2013
7:17 PM

Rock and roll and a VIP visitor brought some early festive cheer to flood-hit Walcott as many residents prepare for Christmas away from home.

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The Backdrafts, a five-strong band made up of Norfolk firemen who have been helping with the clear up mission, took to the stage at the Lighthouse Inn to entertain residents, while Santa dropped it to say hello to youngsters

Members of North Walsham Round Table made a special diversion to bring St Nick and his sleigh up to the pub tonight, where the jolly red fellow handed out sweet treats to children.

Dozens of firefighters from across the country, many of whom are retired, have been volunteering in the village for the past 10 days, and tonight’s gig gave them a musical send off as they headed back to their patches.

Scott Field, the Backdraft’s drummer, said the evening - which was also raising money for the village as it gets back on its feet - was also a way of saying thank you to everyone involved in the clear up.

“It’s all about saying thank you to the village for their coming together as a community and to say goodbye,” he added. “It’s also giving people a chance to let their hair down.”

Mr Field said the firefighters’ time in Walcott had “worked out nicely” and they finished off their last job in the village by clearing rubble off a garden, and reinstating a shed.

“Every little helps when it comes to getting people back up and running,” he added. “We’ve enjoyed our time here, we’d do it all again tomorrow.”

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