Santa stops by for a pre-Christmas visit to Rayne

Santa was joined by some of his reindeer for an open event at Ernest Doe in Rayne. Picture: CONTRIBU

Santa was joined by some of his reindeer for an open event at Ernest Doe in Rayne. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Father Christmas and his reindeer were the special guests at an open weekend hosted by a farm machinery supplier.

Ernest Doe, based near Rayne, welcome St Nicholas and two reindeer to its premises on November 30 and December 1 for a pre-Christmas visit.

More than 150 families stopped by to visit, with £140 raised for Macmillan through a raffle.

The firm also hosted 'blower golf' competition with some of its leaf blowers and an 'elf on the shelf' event also proved popular.

A spokesman for Ernest Doe said: "Great fun was had by all, even the reindeers seemed to enjoy the occasion and were so relaxed that at one point they were laying down falling asleep!


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"Santa made an unexpected appearance and decided he was going to man the entrance to see the most customers possible. The event was such a success that an emergency resupply of food was required."

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