Everybody seems to have heard a story about a child who was terrified of visiting Father Christmas. Or when some people get out their own Santa photos, they realise they look decidedly uncomfortable sitting on the weird looking man’s knee, surrounded by red satin and masses of snowy hair and beard.
The Leader Messenger printed a photograph of two little cuties visiting Santa at the Clovercrest Shopping Centre, on the cover of the edition of 7 December 1966. The girl on the left of the photo looks quite apprehensive, while the younger child on the right could be wondering “What are you?” And who is the ‘intruder’ peering out from behind Santa, is she a sibling or just a girl wanting to be in the local paper?
Nevertheless, Clovercrest Shopping Centre must have deemed the girls photogenic enough to reuse the image in a full page advertisement, on page 2 of the Messenger on 14 December. If you were one of the children pictured, we would love to know!