The Doctor’s Big Present
The day before Christmas in Sark is traditionally a time to wander the length of the Avenue sharing a drink or two with friends and picking up that last minute shopping, and this year was no exception. The bright sunshine and mild weather wasn’t very festive but the coral singing, mince pies and general air of seasonal good cheer more than made up for that. The coral singers began beneath the Christmas tree outside the Gallery stores before making their way along the Avenue. Inside the shops mulled wine and all manner of nibbles were on offer. The staff in Food Stop have a long standing tradition of festive fancy dress and this year surpassed themselves appearing as colourful elves complete with pointy ears and bells. At the far end of the Avenue, Christmas came early for doctor Peter Counsell where the largest present in Sark was waiting for him. Crowds gathered as the parcel was un-wrapped to reveal a brand new, bespoke link box for his tractor. It was designed and made in Sark by Rowan Gill and Kevin Adams specifically with the doctor in mind. It has a fold down seat and compartments for medical equipment and will be used when the doctor needs to transport non-urgent cases rather than calling out the island’s ambulance. Doctor Counsell was delighted with the new link box and joked that the bright red paintwork was perfect as it won’t show the blood! The funds for it were raised by Elaine King who, along with many of the other carriage drivers, donned fancy dress for work last August. The two-day stint dressed as giant furry animals raised over £2,600.