Four generations make visiting Santa at Cardwell a real family affair
VISITING Cardwell Garden Centre in the run up to Christmas is a real family affair.
Especially when you have FOUR generations of the same family who have been coming along to enjoy the festive fun for the past 50 years.
This year has been no different for 83-year-old great-gran Sheila Hotchkiss, who grew up in Gourock; her daughter Mairi Cameron, aged 59, and granddaughters Rebecca Curtis, aged 31 and 29-year-old Eve Jenkins.
And joining in the family tradition of visiting Santa at Cardwell recently is Rebecca’s daughter, Beth, aged two and Eve’s sons, Alex, aged seven and four-year-old Charlie.
Rebecca said: “It’s been a tradition started by my gran Hotchkiss for us all to come together as a family and go to Cardwell to see Santa.
“Even after all those years we’re still doing that and after the children have seen Father Christmas in his grotto, we all have a traditional Christmas turkey dinner in Cardwell’s restaurant. We love going every year.
“Before Beth was born I used to take my nephews, Alex and Charlie to see Santa, but now my daughter Beth has joined us and is continuing the tradition.”
Rebecca continued: “When I was a wee girl it was a big thing for me to be taken to Cardwell to see Santa and to choose our Christmas tree and the decorations.
“It was the first Christmassy thing of the year we did and it was amazing to see the bright lights and hear the brass band playing when we arrived at the centre.
“I used to get excited waiting to see Santa, but sometimes I would worry if he thought I had been naughty or nice during the year!”
Cardwell’s retail general manager, Paul Carmichael said: “It’s heart warming to hear about a family that gets together every year at Cardwell to start off their festive celebrations.
“We’re very much family oriented and everything we do around Christmas is aimed at getting people into the festive spirit and to make sure the magic of Santa is kept alive for the children who visit us.”