Santa makes a flying visit

FLYING VISIT: Father Christmas makes his appearance.
FLYING VISIT: Father Christmas makes his appearance.

IT WAS just a flying visit lasting 15 minutes, but youngsters at Layham Playgroup were more than impressed when Father Christmas dropped in on them this week – in a helicopter.

The pre-school children were told to expect a special visitor on Monday morning and lined up at a fence to watch his arrival in a field next to the village hall.

Playgroup assistant Jenna Lacchin said: “They were amazed when they saw the helicopter, as they were expecting a sleigh of course. Everyone described it as a magical start to Christmas. Last week the children sent him individual Christmas letters but they weren’t expecting Father Christmas to pay them a personal visit. They were so excited.”

The visit was organised via a Layham villager who works as a winchman with the RAF Sea King crew and agreed to stop off as part of a number of Santa visits to schools. After visiting Layham, the crew and Father Christmas flew off to Ringshall, near Stowmarket. Luckily they didn’t get called away on an emergency.

Playgroup chairman Adrienne Van Sickle said: “As one of our topics this term has been people who help us, it seems fitting that we are able to end the term with a chance to welcome the Sea King and its crew. We are very grateful to both the RAF and our neighbouring landowner, Mr English, in helping to make this visit possible.”