Santa Claus visits St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School, Monkgate, in helicopter

York Press: Youngsters at St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School, in York, watch as Santa hovers above them in a Sea King helicopter Youngsters at St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School, in York, watch as Santa hovers above them in a Sea King helicopter

ALTHOUGH he more often travels by sleigh, Santa Claus surprised a York school by paying a flying visit on board a helicopter.

Santa is understood to have been on the Sea King Mk3 helicopter which circled in the skies above St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School in Monkgate yesterday afternoon.

Children ran across the playground, following the helicopter and shouting and waving to Santa before going home for the Christmas holidays.

The flight was organised by Flight Lieutenant Gareth Dore, of Heworth, whose children Davis and Truman attend the Monkgate school.

Six-year-old Davis said: “It looked like it was doing some circuits around the school and then it went towards the Minster. Everone was calling ‘Santa! Santa!’ Everyone was excited.”

Flight Lt Dore, who is based at Normany Barracks in Beverley, asked his colleagues, Flight Lt Rebecca Bethell and Graham Stewart, to pilot the helicopter with Santa on board. He said: “I think the children were quite happy. They have had a really nice day at school.”

Santa had been due to visit the school earlier in the week, but challenging weather circumstances had meant the trip was rescheduled.

Headteacher Jane Conway said: “It brings some of the magic of Christmas to the children of our school. So many children believe in the magic and it’s something we want to encourage.”

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11:05am Sat 22 Dec 12

pedalling paul says...

Dare I suggest the quickest way for Santa to get round York???
Dare I suggest the quickest way for Santa to get round York??? pedalling paul
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3:28pm Sat 22 Dec 12

R'Marcus says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Dare I suggest the quickest way for Santa to get round York???
Yes. By helicopter of course.
This is simply a wonderful story. Quite timely.
Thank you. Y.P.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Dare I suggest the quickest way for Santa to get round York???[/p][/quote]Yes. By helicopter of course. This is simply a wonderful story. Quite timely. Thank you. Y.P. R'Marcus
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11:36pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Omega Point says...

You know how it is as you get on a bit. No longer chimneys, next wheels, now wings
You know how it is as you get on a bit. No longer chimneys, next wheels, now wings Omega Point
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