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Father Christmas Settles into Keelham Grotto Home

Strong winds and driving rain failed to deter Father Christmas as he and his little helpers arrived at Keelham Farm Shop in Thornton, Bradford, for their fourth annual festive season in residence.

Father Christmas and his little helpers welcome their first visitor of 2011, two-year-old Amelia Boland, of Bradford.

Father Christmas and his little helpers

After touring Denholme, Thornton, Clayton and Queensbury aboard his sleigh, a special trailer and tractor-towed farm version, Santa was welcomed at the Brighouse and Denholme Road outlet by scores of cheering children and shop staff, who handed our free balloons.

He then took his place in his very own ‘Grotto in the Barn,’ a winter wonderland in Keelham Home and Garden, where he welcomed his first visitor, two-year-old Amelia Boland, of Fairweather Green, Bradford, accompanied by mum Amy and grandma Deborah.

In the countdown to Christmas, the great man will be greeting youngsters in his grotto, with all proceeds from paying visitors, who will each receive an early present from Santa, again to be donated to Keelham’s chosen Christmas charity Candlelighters, based at St. James's Hospital, Leeds, which raises funds for children suffering from cancer.

School groups can also pre-book their own exclusive Santa audiences on most mornings. Opening days and times – entry to the grotto is free - and details of all pre-Christmas events and activities at Keelham are posted at

The shop’s Victoria Robertshaw said: “Christmas at Keelham is a unique and truly magical affair – there’s no place for plastic commercial grottos here! Our efforts are purpose designed to reflect the true essence of what Christmas is all about.”

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