The place was the PM? (Image: Getty/EPA)
The prime minister had simply introduced a historic commerce cope with the EU, delivering Brexit simply earlier than we have been as a result of go away with out a deal on the finish of the 12 months.
So we assume he was in all probability busy after his press convention this eve – to not point out the ultimate preparations for Christmas Day itself.
However… we have been we anticipating him to indicate as much as ring a bell for Father Christmas at 6pm, and he didn’t present up.
Cameramen have been outdoors Downing Road for him to come back outdoors and make some noise for the person in crimson, however the door remained closed.
What if Santa doesn’t make it now?
Fortunately, another folks confirmed up for the festive ding dong, so we assume the reindeer bought the message.
A lady bangs a pot as an alternative of a bell (Image: Getty)
The bellring was designed to provide some group spirit on the finish of a troublesome 12 months, with organisers hoping it might make folks really feel much less alone.
It was launched on Fb by Mary Beggs-Reid from Harrogate in North Yorkshire and has since acquired the backing of well-known names similar to fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore, actor Michael Sheen.
Boris Johnson additionally gave his backing – however didn’t make it outdoors.
The 2-minute occasion noticed many households head out on to the doorstep to jingle bells in solidarity with these spending Christmas alone.
Posting on Fb earlier than the occasion, Ms Beggs-Reid wrote: ‘We can’t bodily be collectively however we are able to ring collectively! An opportunity for us to really feel related and have a cheerful reminiscence of 2020.’
Amongst these to participate have been workers at Dorset County Hospital, which tweeted: ‘We’re ending 2020 with a little bit of magic, hope and togetherness!’
A lady rings bells from the doorstep of her home in Rhiwbina (Image: Getty)
Residents of a avenue in Saltburn take to their doorsteps as they participate within the Christmas Eve doorstep bell ring (Image: Getty)
In the meantime, dramatic scenes on a avenue in Egremont in Cumbria noticed neighbours line the pavements as a motorcade of festively embellished lorries drove previous.
Others used the occasion to say thanks to frontline staff.
Charity campaigner Billy Ray Mansell dressed as Spider-Man as he bought concerned, dedicating the bell-ringing to workers at Mid and South Essex hospitals.
And kids at Glasgow Youngsters’s Hospital additionally took half, with the hospital’s charity tweeting: ‘We couldn’t be prouder of our hospital heroes who’ve labored with infinite dedication all through this tough 12 months.’
Ms Beggs-Reid’s marketing campaign began as a Fb group which has since attracted almost 500,000 likes, ultimately prompting the Prime Minister to get in contact.
Mrs Beggs-Reid, a 41-year-old property agent, mentioned: ‘I believe it’s unbelievable that the Prime Minister is getting behind an on a regular basis mum like me and making an attempt to assist communities as a lot as we are able to.’
She added: ‘Particularly with the current information, that is extra wanted now than ever.’
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