17th December 2002




Santa will be taking time out from his busy Christmas schedule to have breakfast with the children at the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme campus this Sunday (22nd December).


Over 100 excited children and their parents – staff from the university - will be sitting down for breakfast in the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture’s restaurant at Riseholme where they will all tuck into a full English breakfast.


Carrying an overflowing sack, Santa will join the bustling crowd to chat and hand out presents to all the children before they head out by horse and cart to see the reindeer, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, monkeys, and other small animals who live at the campus.


Santa’s breakfast has been organised by the Riseholme Staff Association and co-ordinated by Jo Rowbottom, campus administrator, who will be acting as Santa’s little helper on Sunday morning. 


Tony Holden, dairy manager at Riseholme Park Farms, who has eight grandchildren of his own, will be donning his Santa outfit which was skilfully crafted by his wife, Wendy.


“I took on the role about 5 years ago when one of my daughters needed a Santa to visit her play group,” said Tony. “Since then I have helped at the Lincoln Christmas market, BHS, M&S and other local events.”


“The outfit was made especially for me by my wife, and even has sooty cuffs where I have emerged from the chimney.”



Photo opportunity Sunday morning 10.00 am at Riseholme Park campus, restaurant.


For more information contact:


Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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