A ROVING Santa Claus ditched his sleigh to make deliveries on a Segway.
Saint Nick left the reindeers behind in Lapland to carry Christmas trees on his mean machine from Sherwood Pines Forest Park in Nottinghamshire to its Forestry Commission sales point near Mansfield.
Shocked cyclists and workers looked on and laughed as the bearded one carried pines on one of the upright ‘personal transporters’ – which travel a tad slower than a sleigh at 12mph.
Segways, invented in America, are touted as the future of green commuting and will make their debut at the park next year to carry people on wildlife safaris run by Go-Ape.
Chris Bray, forestry commission recreation manager, said: “The Go-Ape guys wanted to get in a bit of practice so kindly offered to help us move Christmas trees around the sales area, getting into the mood by dressing as Santa.
“Segways are a brilliant way of exploring the forest and this will be a terrific new attraction next year.”
Thousands of pines, firs and spruce are sold in Sherwood Pines from 9am to 3.30pm until December 23.