FATHER Christmas has been spreading a little festive joy in Buxton for some very special young visitors.
Six children from towns in and around Belarus, the country most affected by the Chernobyl disaster, are enjoying a three-week respite trip in the town, organised by the Buxton and Longnor Chernobyl Children’s Project.
And as part of the visit, the youngsters were invited to Spring Gardens Shopping Centre to meet a special Russian-speaking Father Christmas and receive gifts donated by the centre.
The five and six-year-olds were accompanied by their mothers and took part in lots of other fun activities organised by the local CCP during their stay in the UK.
It’s a co-operative effort between the Centre and Buxton Lions.
And when the Lions asked Santa for some help so the children could have a Father Christmas who spoke their language, the big man at the North Pole pointed them towards the wintry steppes of... New Mills, where a volunteer was discovered!
Lions spokesman Nick Townsend said the effort was well worth it: “One of the children ran up to his mother and said ‘Mummy, it’s the real Santa because he speaks Russian!’”