VIDEO: Santa visits Sheffield as part of charity pub tour

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Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, oh what fun it is to see Santa in Sheffield on a summer’s day.

Staff and customers at 10 city centre pubs took part in the Britian’s Biggest Pub Tour – with the aim of raising £5,000 for charity.

The Graduate pub staff dressed up in Santa gear.
The Graduate pub staff dressed up in Santa gear.

The event saw Father Christmas visit the Globe, on Howard Street, before making his way to The Graduate, Bessemer, Yates’s, Cavendish, Beehive, Reflex, Popworld, Place and Fox Inn throughout Friday and Saturday.

Staff at each pub organised fundraising events, including cycling challenges and barbecues, to help raise money for the children’s charity, Variety.

They also recorded their cash target in a giant passport.

Joe Woollard, manager at The Graduate on Surrey Street, said: “We’ve organised a bike race to see how far staff and customers can cycle and also a barbecue.

Globe pub manager Christine Powell, dressed as Santa, staff member Amber Wilson, dressed as a Christmas pudding, Christine's son Finlay Blackburn, aged, and passer by Titima Thumbumrung, are pictured outside the pub in the sleigh.
Globe pub manager Christine Powell, dressed as Santa, staff member Amber Wilson, dressed as a Christmas pudding, Christine's son Finlay Blackburn, aged, and passer by Titima Thumbumrung, are pictured outside the pub in the sleigh.

“We’ve also decorated the pub with Christmas decorations.”

Customers at Yates’s, on Cambridge Street, were treated to a special performance by Pop Idol finalist and former Brookside actress Jo Birchall.

The national tour has been organised by Stonegate Pub Company, which has already beat its £100,000 fundraising target in the first 12 weeks of the 19-week tour.

Terry Holford, Stonegate area manager and regional BBPT coordinator said: “The teams at our pubs in Sheffield have got behind the tour with bags of enthusiasm and fundraising ideas.

“The 10 businesses aim to raise more than £5,000 for Variety, the children’s charity which supports disabled children and their families nationally and locally.”

 

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