Santa’s new best friend

Thursday 21st December 2017

Santa, Frank and his owner Lisa Ferrie, photo Lynette Friend

Christmas is a time of excitement for people young and old, not to mention a little dog called Frank.

For Frank, a wire fox terrier loves Santa and has visited him at a number of venues around the area for the past three years including the Newcastle Christmas Market in 2015 and the Matfen Hall Christmas Fair in 2016. He also loves Fenwick’s window and waits patiently in line with all the children for its unveiling.

So imagine his delight when he donned his new Christmas jumper this week and headed off to visit Santa in his grotto at Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Santa event at Northumberlandia; although he lives in Ponteland, Frank regularly visits the ‘Lady’ for a walk with his owner Lisa én route to visit family who live in Cramlington.

Santa, being the environmentally aware chap that he is, entertained his adoring public with a wildlife themed talk and a request that they leave out bowls of water and nuts and scraps for the birds during the winter months not just mince pies for him and carrots for the reindeer on Christmas Eve.

Lynette Friend, Northumberland Wildlife Trust Events Coordinator said:
“Northumberlandia is a wonderful place any time of the year but Santa’s grotto makes it even more magical in December. His visit has proved so popular the last two years; we will have to see if we can squeeze a couple of extra days into his schedule next year.

“We were delighted to welcome all the children and their grown-ups (who we all suspect still believe) and were so excited to meet Frank who was sporting his new jumper and delight in his excitement at meeting Santa.”

Special thanks again to Sainsburys Cramlington, Manor Walks for providing our elves with festive mince pies to keep them going over the weekend.