We have it on good authority that Father Christmas was keen to attend the Earls Barton Literary Festival (necessarily in disguise), but of course, along with the rest of us, could not this year. Instead he resolved to make not one, but two (socially-distanced) visits to the library in December!
Despite this being a really busy time of year for the red-suited gentleman, we were delighted that he conjured to move, as if by magic, his entire sitting room to our library to meet and greet the children of Earls Barton.
Hearing of his visit many children came to the library, bringing with them letters they’d written, and cards they had made to put them in our very special Christmas post box for Santa to take back with him to the North Pole.
In keeping with the times (and Government regulations), all children (and others who wanted) were able to have their photo taken with Santa in the library – separated by a rather colourful fence.
Buoyed by his enjoyment and the success of his visit this year, Santa says he will return next year – on 11th & 18th December 2021.
Grateful thanks must be expressed for the huge number of, very generous, donations of new toys, which were passed on for distribution to children who might not otherwise have expected to receive a present this year.