Dream come true for Buffy Bus

PUBLISHED: 14:59 14 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:03 31 May 2010

From left: Amy O’Hara, Annie Aris (Calamity Clown), Rosie Juhl and Kate Wardley - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

From left: Amy O'Hara, Annie Aris (Calamity Clown), Rosie Juhl and Kate Wardley - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

THE festive season began for more than 70 youngsters who enjoyed a Christmas party in Saffron Walden on Monday. The children tucked into snacks and were entertained by a clown before receiving gifts from Santa Claus at the Saffron Hotel. And the party ma

THE festive season began for more than 70 youngsters who enjoyed a Christmas party in Saffron Walden on Monday.

The children tucked into snacks and were entertained by a clown before receiving gifts from Santa Claus at the Saffron Hotel.

And the party made a dream came true for the founders of the mobile playbus Buffy Bus scheme.

Project manager Rosie Juhl said: "When the Buffy Bus took off in 1994, it was always our dream that one day we would be big enough to host our own Christmas party so it was a wonderful occasion.

"More than 5000 parents and pre-school children used the bus last year and it was great to see so many of them having fun on Monday."

Ms Juhl said the scheme had gone from strength to strength thanks to grants from the Big Lottery Fund.

"The funding has really helped and I would also like to thank the Saffron Hotel for providing us with the venue for the party," Ms Juhl added.

"Calamity Clown was a real hit with the children, keeping them laughing for almost an hour.

"Then a visit from Father Christmas, who gave everybody a gift, rounded off the day perfectly.

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