Santa takes a trip on the Shields Ferry

12 December 2017
Santa and his helpers on the Shields Ferry

Scores of excited youngster got the chance to meet Santa on board the cross-Tyne Shields Ferry yesterday.

The visit as part of a tie up with a local charity, and it has helped to benefit under privileged children in North East England.

Santa and his elves boarded the Ferry at 3pm on Monday 11 December and they stayed for four hours to give as many excited kids the chance to meet them as possible.

A tuck shop on board the ferry raised £175 and presents were collected for the Metro Radio Mission Christmas appeal.

Metro Radio’s breakfast show hosts Steve and Karen also dropped in for the event.

Shields Ferry Manager, Carol Timlin, said: “We had a brilliant day and all of the kids who came along really enjoyed themselves and were so excited to meet Santa.

“The event got all of our customers into the festive spirit and we managed to benefit a really worthy local charity.”

The appeal, which is run by Metro’s Cash for Kids charity, collects Christmas presents to hand out to under privileged children in the region.

Anyone who wants to donate a gift to the Mission Christmas appeal can leave them at a collection point on board the Shields Ferry. This will be in place until Saturday December 16.