Father Christmas will be ditching the reindeer and flying in by aeroplane for the Northumberland Christmas Craft Fair at Doxford Barns in Doxford on December 6.
Santa, sometimes known in these parts as Steve Clairhough, is also an experienced pilot instructor and farmer in Bockenfield Felton.
The Christmas Fair is being organised by the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Instution (R.A.B.I), a welfare charity that supports farmers in financial difficulties. This year, R.A.B.I has given out grants of around £1.4 million, helping more than 1,200 individuals and families. More than £30k has been given out in Northumberland alone. The charity helps working farmers, farmworkers and their families who rely on farming for their main source of income as well as retired farmers, farmworkers and their dependants who have spent at least 10 years in the industry.
There will be more than 30 stalls at the Doxford Barns Christmas Fair, with a grotto for Santa to meet local children – once he has parked the plane and tried out the mulled wine, mince pies and cakes on offer. There’s also a vintage tractors and cars display. Entry costs £3.
Sally Conner, R.A.B.I regional manager for the North East, said: “As a charity, voluntary donations is our greatest income stream and fundraising events like this one help us to continue doing the work we do, in rural communities up and down the country.
“We’re all looking forward to seeing Santa on December 6 – and it’s just fantastic that he’s a supporter of R.A.B.I!”