John Nolan Antiquesman saves the day

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Sara Smith a Paramedic in Southport had organised a Christmas lunch for a special group of people of Southport. When we at OTS News first heard about this special event we commented, what a wonderful thing for Sara to think of and to put into motion.

But then late on Christmas Eve a disaster happened. The building that housed the pottery and china had been locked up and the person with the keys had gone on holiday. No problem Sara thought, I will try the hotels to borrow the items. As it is the busiest day of the year for the hotel trade that idea was squashed. Then Sara’s Mum suggested the China Shop on Portland Street / King Street.

Quick before the China Shop closes was the next thought.

Just in time the shop was still open. The owner John Nolan aka ‘The Antiquesman’ and his son MJ put together the Cups and saucers, dinner plates, side plates and the Christmas pudding bowls. Then delivered them to the Fire/Ambulance Station. Of cause no charge.

ots-john nolan antiquesman southport ots onthespot ots said, “It is the public that normally make the emergency calls to the Ambulance Service. On this occasion it was the Ambulance service making the emergency call to me. It was an honor to have been asked. I was taught it is better to give than to receive.”

What a great idea, Sara’s plan was for Father Christmas to arrive on a fire engine and to enter the building via the roof and the veranda. Also there was nearly 100 prizes donated.

The event went off without a hitch other than Father Christmas spending a bit of time up the ladder.

OTS NEWS wishes every one a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year.


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