Santa makes a splash on the River Stour

Santa Puddle N Pub on the River Stour in Sudbury, raising money for The Bridge Project. ANL-151219-211558009
Santa Puddle N Pub on the River Stour in Sudbury, raising money for The Bridge Project. ANL-151219-211558009

There were scores of Santas on the River Stour on Saturday, the red cloaked figures seen paddling down the river.

The inaugural Santa’s Paddle ’N’ Pub was organised by Sudbury’s Outdoor Hire Centre to help raise money for The Bridge Project.

Santa Puddle N Pub on the River Stour in Sudbury, raising money for The Bridge Project. Chris Price takes to the river ANL-151219-211422009

Santa Puddle N Pub on the River Stour in Sudbury, raising money for The Bridge Project. Chris Price takes to the river ANL-151219-211422009

The event saw participants dressed in a range of festive costumes, paddling to the Henny Swan for lunch and back up to the Rare Cow.

“The main aim is for everyone to have a really enjoyable time, but the event is also a great opportunity to do something for a charity that does so much for Sudbury,” said Gordon Hardy, managing director of the hire company.

It is hoped it will now become an annual event.

Santa Puddle N Pub on the River Stour in Sudbury, raising money for The Bridge Project. Samantha Parker and Hannah Graves all dressed up ANL-151219-212319009

Santa Puddle N Pub on the River Stour in Sudbury, raising money for The Bridge Project. Samantha Parker and Hannah Graves all dressed up ANL-151219-212319009

Santa Puddle N Pub on the River Stour in Sudbury, raising money for The Bridge Project. Little ones enjoying the river. ANL-151219-212242009

Santa Puddle N Pub on the River Stour in Sudbury, raising money for The Bridge Project. Little ones enjoying the river. ANL-151219-212242009

Santa Puddle N Pub on the River Stour in Sudbury, raising money for The Bridge Project. ANL-151219-212359009

Santa Puddle N Pub on the River Stour in Sudbury, raising money for The Bridge Project. ANL-151219-212359009

Santa Puddle N Pub on the River Stour in Sudbury, raising money for The Bridge Project. Charlie Hardy (5) enjoying a bacon buttie ANL-151219-212331009

Santa Puddle N Pub on the River Stour in Sudbury, raising money for The Bridge Project. Charlie Hardy (5) enjoying a bacon buttie ANL-151219-212331009