Stoney Creek's Laurence Marshall, Scott Paddock bring Charles Dickens Christmas float back to life

Community Nov 29, 2016 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

Laurence Marshall and Scott Paddock are bringing back a classic favourite to the annual Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade.

The local businessmen and residents have helped fix up the Charles Dickens Christmas float for the 60th parade on Dec. 3. Marshall, owner of Lucky Bear Services Ltd., and Paddock, co-owner of Paddock Transport International, are familiar with the ins and outs of the float having also towed it in the Stoney Creek, Hamilton, Grimsby and Smithville Santa Claus parades over the years.

“We did this because of the kids,” Marshall said. “We’re looking forward to seeing their faces when it passes by.”

Marshall and Paddock acquired the float from the Battlefield Optimist Club after it was a no-show at the 59th parade. The club didn’t have the manpower to repair the float in time for the parade last December and put out a call for someone else to take it over, so it could return to the event this year.

Marshall and Paddock received the float in the spring and, with help from their employees and family members, worked to restore its figurines, lighting and music system. They also painted the float and checked its brakes, lights and wheels.

“We basically just got things working again for this year,” Paddock said, adding all of their little helpers took a real interest in fixing up the float for the parade. “We have a long list of repairs and upgrades that we’re looking to do for the future.”

Marshall said restoring the float to its original glory is a big job.

“But it isn’t (a job) to us,” he said. “It’s always been a favourite and it’s important that it stays part of the community.”

Paddock said the float – which was originally built by Stelco Hilton Works employees – is a “world-class” one.

“Chicago, New York parades…they have all kinds of floats like this,” he said. “We have some good entries in our parades here, but the Charles Dickens Christmas float is in its own class. People really know and love it and it’s important that we keep that tradition going.”

Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade committee member Connie Behie said it’s wonderful that Marshall and Paddock stepped in to help keep the float in the parade.

“Laurence and Scott have always been great supporters of the Stoney Creek Santa Claus parade and other community events, so it came as no surprise,” she said. “We are all elated that the spectacular Charles Dickens Christmas float is back again in time for the 60th parade.”

Stoney Creek's Laurence Marshall, Scott Paddock bring Charles Dickens Christmas float back to life

Community Nov 29, 2016 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

Laurence Marshall and Scott Paddock are bringing back a classic favourite to the annual Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade.

The local businessmen and residents have helped fix up the Charles Dickens Christmas float for the 60th parade on Dec. 3. Marshall, owner of Lucky Bear Services Ltd., and Paddock, co-owner of Paddock Transport International, are familiar with the ins and outs of the float having also towed it in the Stoney Creek, Hamilton, Grimsby and Smithville Santa Claus parades over the years.

“We did this because of the kids,” Marshall said. “We’re looking forward to seeing their faces when it passes by.”

Marshall and Paddock acquired the float from the Battlefield Optimist Club after it was a no-show at the 59th parade. The club didn’t have the manpower to repair the float in time for the parade last December and put out a call for someone else to take it over, so it could return to the event this year.

“We did this because of the kids."

Marshall and Paddock received the float in the spring and, with help from their employees and family members, worked to restore its figurines, lighting and music system. They also painted the float and checked its brakes, lights and wheels.

“We basically just got things working again for this year,” Paddock said, adding all of their little helpers took a real interest in fixing up the float for the parade. “We have a long list of repairs and upgrades that we’re looking to do for the future.”

Marshall said restoring the float to its original glory is a big job.

“But it isn’t (a job) to us,” he said. “It’s always been a favourite and it’s important that it stays part of the community.”

Paddock said the float – which was originally built by Stelco Hilton Works employees – is a “world-class” one.

“Chicago, New York parades…they have all kinds of floats like this,” he said. “We have some good entries in our parades here, but the Charles Dickens Christmas float is in its own class. People really know and love it and it’s important that we keep that tradition going.”

Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade committee member Connie Behie said it’s wonderful that Marshall and Paddock stepped in to help keep the float in the parade.

“Laurence and Scott have always been great supporters of the Stoney Creek Santa Claus parade and other community events, so it came as no surprise,” she said. “We are all elated that the spectacular Charles Dickens Christmas float is back again in time for the 60th parade.”

Stoney Creek's Laurence Marshall, Scott Paddock bring Charles Dickens Christmas float back to life

Community Nov 29, 2016 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

Laurence Marshall and Scott Paddock are bringing back a classic favourite to the annual Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade.

The local businessmen and residents have helped fix up the Charles Dickens Christmas float for the 60th parade on Dec. 3. Marshall, owner of Lucky Bear Services Ltd., and Paddock, co-owner of Paddock Transport International, are familiar with the ins and outs of the float having also towed it in the Stoney Creek, Hamilton, Grimsby and Smithville Santa Claus parades over the years.

“We did this because of the kids,” Marshall said. “We’re looking forward to seeing their faces when it passes by.”

Marshall and Paddock acquired the float from the Battlefield Optimist Club after it was a no-show at the 59th parade. The club didn’t have the manpower to repair the float in time for the parade last December and put out a call for someone else to take it over, so it could return to the event this year.

“We did this because of the kids."

Marshall and Paddock received the float in the spring and, with help from their employees and family members, worked to restore its figurines, lighting and music system. They also painted the float and checked its brakes, lights and wheels.

“We basically just got things working again for this year,” Paddock said, adding all of their little helpers took a real interest in fixing up the float for the parade. “We have a long list of repairs and upgrades that we’re looking to do for the future.”

Marshall said restoring the float to its original glory is a big job.

“But it isn’t (a job) to us,” he said. “It’s always been a favourite and it’s important that it stays part of the community.”

Paddock said the float – which was originally built by Stelco Hilton Works employees – is a “world-class” one.

“Chicago, New York parades…they have all kinds of floats like this,” he said. “We have some good entries in our parades here, but the Charles Dickens Christmas float is in its own class. People really know and love it and it’s important that we keep that tradition going.”

Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade committee member Connie Behie said it’s wonderful that Marshall and Paddock stepped in to help keep the float in the parade.

“Laurence and Scott have always been great supporters of the Stoney Creek Santa Claus parade and other community events, so it came as no surprise,” she said. “We are all elated that the spectacular Charles Dickens Christmas float is back again in time for the 60th parade.”