By all accounts the Saunders family generously opened their home Springfield in the late 1800s and the early twentieth century. George Saunders and his wife Elizabeth were from rural backgrounds – George came from the small village of Whitwell in Hertfordshire, England and Elizabeth was a farmer’s daughter from Cappyroe, Offaly, Ireland. They carried the hospitality of rustic life learnt in their homelands to Springfield, hosting such activities as a New Year’s Eve 1891 house party for thirty guests.
Modern Saunders Beach unknowingly carried on this tradition when the Saunders Beach rural fire brigade put on the first kids’ Christmas Party on the beach at the northern end of Reef Street in 1990.
2006 Carols were held in the Saunders Beach Community Centre hall,
The route that Santa took on Christmas morning 2015 is at https://www.facebook.com/SaundersBeach/photos/a.280630193153.185934.100258748153/10154385132083154/?type=3&theatre
All these photos (except 2015) are from albums thoughtfully left in the care of the Community Centre by departing locals.
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