VIPs are first to meet Santa as he arrives in Brent Knoll
young children were chosen to welcome Father Christmas when he
arrived at a Brent Knoll garden centre at the weekend.
and Emily Hicks from Highbridge were the lucky pair chosen to
welcome Santa, as he arrived in style at Sanders Garden World
sleigh was pulled by two trusty reindeer, watched by dozens of
cheering families outside the store to greet him.
the young VIPs met Santa and were treated to a trip in the centre's
Snow Globe, plus face painting and lunch.
is 6 and has Sensory Processing Disorder and can therefore become
overwhelmed in normal situations. Tom, 9, has been part of Monarchs
Gymnastics since he was 4. He has competed in many competitons,
including their most recent comp in Germany, where he won three
gold medals with his partner Charlie.
spending time with the two, Santa also met everyone else who had
come to visit. In the store were the Cheddar Male Choir, a face
painter and a balloon modeller offering free entertainment.
member of the Hicks family said: "Tom and Emily were very
excited to be chosen to meet Santa at Sanders Garden World and
sit in his sleigh! Santa gave them a wonderful gift of time in
the snowglobe and photos to keep, a wonderful lunch and tickets
to the circus. We had a wonderful morning. We
also got to meet Cupid and Comet, two of Santa's reindeers. The
snow-covered walk through at Sanders was amazing and a bit like
walking into Narnia. Sanders provided free balloon modelling and
face painting and Emily chose to have Olaf on her cheek."