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Police Horses and Buses get the Sydney Christmas Spirit

THE neigh bells are ringing across Sydney with the city’s mounted police and even our public transport getting into the spirit of the “silly season”.

Bus drivers are bedecking their vehicles with baubles and tinsel in an annual competition which brings smiles to the faces of many passengers.

And even police horses are donning Christmas tree-adorned hats as they plod their beat on Sydney streets.

We wear it out patrolling,” mounted police unit leading Senior Constable Kerstin Nowak said.

“The kids love it.”

While all the fun and frivolity marks the countdown to a well-deserved break for many humans, it is also time for the horses to take a holiday.

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Sergeant Melinda Duncan said the steeds would relax in a paddock over Christmas: “They’re just like people, they get cranky and need a break.”

For the 12th year in a row, State Transit drivers will vie for the title of the best-decorated bus — with the winner receiving $500 to donate to the charity of their choice.

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State Transit chief Steffen Faurby said it was fantastic to see staff going the extra mile to spread festive cheer.

“We know, based on the positive feedback we receive each year, just how much our customers love the Christmas buses,” Mr Faurby said.

“The drivers tell me that it’s all about seeing the smiling faces of their customers when they board the bus, particularly the children.”

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