Father Christmas promotes Micklegate Quarter winter festival

Father Christmas visits Micklegate in York to put the finishing touches to his Christmas shopping

Father Christmas visits Micklegate in York to put the finishing touches to his Christmas shopping

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FATHER Christmas brought some festive cheer to retailers in Micklegate, York.

Ghost walker Charles Hunt dressed as Father Christmas, conducted a tour of shops and businesses to help the Micklegate Quarter promote its winter festival.

He visited Holy Trinity Church, the Christmas Fair at the Stained Glass Centre at St Martin-cum-Gregory Church, the Northern College of Acupuncture, Micklegate Post Office and opticians Binnington & Thurling among many other businesses.

Jonathan Binnington, partner of Binnington & Thurling, said: “It’s nice for all our customers to see him and got us all feeling quite festive. It is a nice boost to Micklegate and all the traders along the street.”

Amy Trumpeter, who runs fair trade social enterprise Kigali Crafts, which sells crafts made by Rwandan genocide survivors, said Santa’s visit attracted shoppers to the Stained Glass Centre at St Martin-cum-Gregory church where she had a stall.

“We are trying to get more shoppers over to this side of York,” she said.

Mr Hunt will also perform as Charles Dickens at Jacobs Well, the parish room for the Priory Church of the Holy Trinity, on Saturday, at 7pm.

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8:30am Thu 13 Dec 12

el-mundo says...

That man really is a jack of all trades!! finding time to do that just before the big squeeze for xmas.......
That man really is a jack of all trades!! finding time to do that just before the big squeeze for xmas....... el-mundo
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8:31am Thu 13 Dec 12

el-mundo says...

*meaning Santa lol
*meaning Santa lol el-mundo
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10:50am Thu 13 Dec 12

roskoboskovic says...

just look at the businesses mentioned in this article and you will see why micklegate is a joke.used to be a vibrant thoroughfare but now there are many empty properties,shops for minority interests and even the micklegate run has lost its allure.
just look at the businesses mentioned in this article and you will see why micklegate is a joke.used to be a vibrant thoroughfare but now there are many empty properties,shops for minority interests and even the micklegate run has lost its allure. roskoboskovic
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1:58pm Thu 13 Dec 12

jbaber says...

I dont often pipe up in these sorts of things but do feel its worth responding to the comment of roskoboskovic.

I think its a shame for you that you think this area is "a joke".

There are over 100 businesses along Micklegate - how many and which of them specifically would you want to see quotes from on this story by the way?

Inviting Father Christmas along to welcome people into the area on a Saturday was a bit of fun for the local businesses and young kids in the area. We might not have the majority interest shops you are talking about (I can only assume you mean HMV, Game, Next, M&S etc) but we do have interesting independant shops, private businesses, pubs, cafes, restaurants etc few of whom consider themselves "a joke".

Indeed its a pretty mean spirited comment you have taken the trouble to post online considering the organisers of the event are trying to turn Mickelgate back into a vibrant destination you are notalgic for. Do you think your comments are going to inspire anyone to come along and visit the street?

If you want to see change for the good you need to get involved and help promote the area, as we are all working hard to achieve - otherwise you can keep to your generic highstreets and shopping centres thank you very much!
I dont often pipe up in these sorts of things but do feel its worth responding to the comment of roskoboskovic. I think its a shame for you that you think this area is "a joke". There are over 100 businesses along Micklegate - how many and which of them specifically would you want to see quotes from on this story by the way? Inviting Father Christmas along to welcome people into the area on a Saturday was a bit of fun for the local businesses and young kids in the area. We might not have the majority interest shops you are talking about (I can only assume you mean HMV, Game, Next, M&S etc) but we do have interesting independant shops, private businesses, pubs, cafes, restaurants etc few of whom consider themselves "a joke". Indeed its a pretty mean spirited comment you have taken the trouble to post online considering the organisers of the event are trying to turn Mickelgate back into a vibrant destination you are notalgic for. Do you think your comments are going to inspire anyone to come along and visit the street? If you want to see change for the good you need to get involved and help promote the area, as we are all working hard to achieve - otherwise you can keep to your generic highstreets and shopping centres thank you very much! jbaber
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