Pre-loved toys need new homes?

As Santa prepares to make his annual visit underground at the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December 2012 the Museum staff and volunteers are busy making arrangements. As part of the preparations local residents are being invited to donate toys in good condition which have been outgrown or ‘previously loved’ to the Museum. During Santa’s visit it is planned that these pre-loved toys can find a new loving owner, whilst helping generate much needed income for the small independent Museum. Anyone wishing to drop off any such toys can do so at the Museum on a Monday morning, or Friday and Saturday between 10am and 3pm or phone the Museum for other times.

Jean, the Museums Education Officer, said “I have been a little perplexed by the level of activity required in preparation for the jolly red cloaked seasonal visitor. This is my first Christmas at the Museum and it seems the entire year is a planning period for the next Christmas. Volunteers have already been clearing out space, ordering the Christmas tree, fishing out decorations and checking the landing lights for the reindeer. It’s unfortunate that we don’t have sufficient space for the reindeer – I guess in times gone by they would have stayed in the stables for the mine’s horses under Loftus market place?”

Santa will be in his underground grotto between 10am and 3pm. Children will be able to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas and will receive a present. Admission charges will be £2.50 and adults £1.50; all visitors will receive a drink and mince pie/cake.

For further information please contact Jean the Education Officer on 01287 642877 or email her on . Jean is also keen to here from anyone who would like to volunteer with the education work, developing future events and join the enthusiastic volunteering team at the Museum.

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