Nuneaton drivers ‘given a chuckle’ by town’s very own Grinch who helped direct traffic

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 17 December 2022

MANY NUNEATON drivers were given a chuckle today (Saturday, 17 December) after The Grinch greeted them and caused mischief at the traffic lights on Bond Gate.

The Grinch waving at drivers in Nuneaton (Image: Mason Moore)

The much-loved Christmas movie character stopped at the busy traffic crossings to signal to drivers when they should ‘stop’ and ‘go’, whilst also greeting pedestrians.

Passengers had to do a ‘double take’ to ensure that their eyes weren’t deceiving them and that he really was acting as a makeshift traffic warden patrolling the roads.

Once they were parked up, those who were waiting at the traffic lights snapped photos and videos.

The Hinckley Free Press spotted him at around 2.50pm. But, Asda employee, Sue Phillips, revealed that earlier in the afternoon, he headed into the supermarket to greet shoppers – and at first, she thought it was one of her colleagues dressed up.

Sue Phillips said: “He came into Asda. I thought it was one of our colleagues dressed up. He is really funny. I was working in the bakery and he just turned up waving.

“There was a little girl there and she thought he was great. I think he went on to terrorise the lady doing the food samples after!”

Another stated that he was spotted by a nearby church in town.

The situation has spread Christmas cheer for making people smile, whilst the actor has also been praised for their efforts in helping ‘cheer people up’.

Nuneaton resident, Martin Drake, said: “Well done to whoever was inside that suit, really putting some effort in to cheer people up.”

Kelly Farren said: “We saw him and made us chuckle! Bloody brilliant!”. Another commenter, Jon Pickie, added: “Deffo (definitely) a chuckle moment had.”

Nicky Greenway agreed with the other commenters, simply stating: “Made me lol (laugh out loud) – what a great thing to do.”

Rachel Woodridge thanked the ‘Nuneaton Grinch’, and stated that her children now believe that the movie character now really is in Nuneaton. She said: “Whoever it was, thank you. My kids loved it and now think the real Grinch was in Nuneaton.”

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