A quaint and ancient Suffolk cottage is today in the festive mood after a reindeer appeared on its roof.

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The reindeer – the animal that traditionally pulls Santa’s sleigh – appeared on The Forge in Hemingstone right next to the chimney.

Merv Palmer has lived in the 500-year-old cottage for more than 25 years with his wife Di.

Mr Palmer, 75, said: “We are having the roof re-thatched and it just appeared. It is a bit of Christmas fun.

“We are very happy with it.”

The couple are looking forward to a family christmas with their grandchildren.

Needham Market-based thatcher Simon Clarke said the reindeer’s head took about five hours to complete.

He added: “I have been a thatcher for 30 years and this is the first time I have done a reindeer. I am really pleased with it.

“It is great to see the smiles on people’s faces as they drive past.”

4 comments

  • I pass this on way to work, think it's great, brought a smile to my face.

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    Footyfan

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • Every time I go past this house I have to double-take as I thing it's a real Reindeer every time! What a great piece of art. Special detail paid especially to the head and antlers.

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    SuffolkSanta

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • I drew this picture of a real reindeer to compare it to...

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    MJ85

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • Reindeer? It looks like some branches blew on to the roof.

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    MJ85

    Monday, December 23, 2013

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