Roadside assistance for Santa at Highcross Leicester
Visitors to Highcross Leicester shopping centre had the surprise of their lives yesterday morning as they came across Santa’s sleigh, which had broken down in the centre’s public square.
Luckily the RAC were on hand within minutes - along with a number of Christmas shoppers at the east midlands’ premier retail and leisure destination - to help get Santa and his sleigh back on track, ensuring he can make his forthcoming deliveries in time for Christmas.
Asked if Santa had taken the opportunity to pick up a few extra gifts during his stop at Highcross, marketing manager Gurvinder Rupra, said: “Santa’s sleigh was looking pretty full so it looks like he may have managed to get some Christmas shopping done whilst he was here. We’ll have to check our CCTV to see what presents he bought!”
RAC patrolman, Roy Wilson, said; “Christmas is always a busy time for us, but this is the first time we’ve been called out to fix a broken-down sleigh. Fortunately, like most of our members, we were able to get this important gentleman on his way again, which is good news as he mentioned he has a lot of miles to cover on Christmas Eve.
“He promised he would get his sleigh fully prepared for Winter to make sure he doesn’t get caught out again.”
Shopper Ryan Brambles said: “I was Christmas shopping at Highcross when I spotted Santa struggling with his broken down sleigh. I just had to stop and help - children need their presents after all!”
Gurvinder Rupra continued: “Highcross expects to see up to two million visitors over the festive season - let’s hope no more need roadside assistance like Santa did!”
10 December 2012
About Highcross Leicester
Highcross Leicester opened on September 4 2008 with a dazzling display of light, music and entertainment, which attracted over two thirds of Leicester’s population, 125,000 people
As Leicester’s biggest ever redevelopment project, the £350 million Highcross development is now one of the most exciting retail dining and entertainment destinations in the East Midlands, boasting:
o An unrivalled retail mix – led by a four-storey John Lewis department store
o More than 20 exciting cafes and restaurants, including the world renowned Carluccio’s, Yo! Sushi and Wagamama
o 12-screen Cinema de Lux
o 120 contemporary residential apartments
o 3,000 car parking spaces, 2,000 of which are housed within a new multi-storey car park off Vaughan Way