ServicesPower CutsHelp
SERVER12

News

Follow us

Twitter Icon Facebook Iconfbmessanger

Instagram Icon linkedIn Icon YouTube Icon

Father Christmas lights up school fayre

Experienced engineers James Blackett and Paul Freeman are used to providing good customer service and answering all sorts of questions from people, during the course of their work to fix any power cuts which happen across Norfolk.

From Press releases - 3 December 2013 12:00 AM

UKPN Father Xmas at Ditchingham Primary (4)2.JPG

Experienced engineers James Blackett and Paul Freeman are used to providing good customer service and answering all sorts of questions from people, during the course of their work to fix any power cuts which happen across Norfolk.

But they admit to being slightly surprised and delighted at one customer’s request – to dress as Father Christmas for Ditchingham Primary School’s Christmas Fayre fundraiser on Friday (November 29).

The school experienced a power problem earlier this year and when the engineers repaired it they also offered their time as volunteers if ever the school needed help, and that time soon arrived!
Area manager Andy Newton said: “I’m not sure supplying a Father Christmas was what they had in mind but we’re always happy to oblige!”

Paul, a field engineer who is based at Trowse near Norwich, swapped his usual navy overalls, hard hat high visibility jacket for a traditional red and white Santa costume, and said: “I relaxed into it and in the end I saw 74 children because there was a constant queue – it was hard work but I enjoyed it! We’re very happy to go back again next year.”

Colleague James accompanied him to hand out presents and said: “It’s not something I ever imagined I would do doing at work, but it was good fun and the school was very appreciative. We took some crackers full of chocolate for the tombola stall and they sold out within half an hour!”

Headteacher Sue Sweet said: “We were amazed that my rather cheeky request resulted in a visit from Father Christmas. So many of our school community work hard for the school and they were all thrilled that James and Paul agreed to come and help too and that they played such a positive part in the Fayre. Father Christmas left saying ‘See you next year’… We do hope so!”