Santa pays early visit to church

RED-LETTER DAY -- Cameron Tyas meets Santa in his grotto -- DISPIC NHUD11-311-1

RED-LETTER DAY -- Cameron Tyas meets Santa in his grotto -- DISPIC NHUD11-311-1

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SANTA Claus was the star of the show as he made an early visit to Hucknall for the fundraising Christmas Market at St John’s Church in the town.

The man in red took up residence in his grotto and dished out gifts to delighted children at the church on Nottingham Road.

In total he helped the event raise £690, which will give church funds a major boost.

Among the other highlights were Christmas carols belted out by members of the church-based 4th Hucknall Brownies.

The pack also manned a stall selling children’s clothes and ran a chocolate tombola, which proved popular.

The vicar of the church, the Rev David Ford, said: “Superb. The day was a great success.

“We attracted a lot of people who we haven’t seen before and a lot who we haven’t seen for a long time.

“It was a traditional, lovely community Christmas market.”

Traditional attractions included a raffle with the top prize of a giant hamper packed with goodies donated by congregation members.

Stalls sold bric-a-brac, chutneys and home-made Christmas decoractions.