Record crowds visit Father Christmas at Pakenham Water Mill
Record numbers of children descended on Pakenham Water Mill to meet Father Christmas and enjoy an array of fun-filled activities.
Sitting by the fire in the mill’s old kitchen, Santa listened to the festive wishes of 60 children - 30 per cent more than last year.
Volunteers laid on extra activities to help keep the children occupied with barn woodworking to design and make toys proving popular.
Jonathan Mosley-Williams, who is a basket-maker, demonstrated his skills and helped the youngsters weave their own Christmas tree decorations.
Other activities included paper-chain making as well as drawing and painting. Drinks and mince pies were available in the mill’s cafe.
After the event, organisers received a letter from one of the visitors saying: “We took Oscar to see Santa today although he was feeling a bit under the weather with a cough and cold. At the last moment he decided he didn’t want to see Father Christmas after all and said he was frightened of him.
“After much persuasion, we finally got him in there and Father Christmas was so patient with him and so nice to him that he managed to get Oscar to talk to him and tell him his name and age, what he would like for Christmas and say thank you and goodbye.
“Quite an achievement.”