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Gallery: Father Christmas arrives at Snape Maltings by boat

PUBLISHED: 17:06 17 December 2012

Santa arrives at Snape Maltings

Santa arrives at Snape Maltings

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HUNDREDS of people stood patiently as Santa arrived in Snape Maltings by barge yesterday to visit children in his grotto.

The annual event drew the crowds at the tourist destination near the Suffolk coast.

Events manager Nikki Gilbert said: “It was fantastic. He came down on the barge and came into his grotto and spoke to all the children.

“The turnout was absolutely brilliant, lots of little children, from really little tots up to nine-year-olds.

“People were waiting on both sides of the river and down the footpath, it was beautiful.”

Santa could be seen on the barge 10 minutes before arriving at the quayside.

Music on the day was provided by the Martlesham Brass Band and a group of choir singers.

The event, which has been going for more than 20 years, raised money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

After nine months of, for no particular reason, referring to our unborn first child as “he” (“how’s he doing in there?” etc), it came to me to make the big reveal to my wife in the moments immediately after the birth, writes Elliot Furniss, from Ipswich.

Emergency services are at the scene of a crash in a north Essex village this morning.

Engineers worked through the night to restore power to households across Suffolk and north Essex after the region was battered by winds of over 70mph.

The Angel Hotel, that closed this week pending a licence review, will reopen today, Friday January 19.

Commuters using Greater Anglia trains in Suffolk and Essex are facing further disruption after the region’s rail network was brought to its knees by yesterday’s storm.

A show celebrating the career of the most successful folk rock duos of all time is coming to the Ipswich Regent.

The mother of a selfless Suffolk fundraiser is continuing her daughter’s fight to persuade women and girls to have smear tests in her honour.

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