Large crowd welcomes Santa as he sails into Stonehaven Harbour

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Santa Claus sailed into town in style last Saturday when he was cheered into the harbour courtesy of the RNLI Stonehaven.

The man in red arrived all smiles and with ‘‘high fives’’ for the children who eagerly awaited to see him in the wintery weather aiound lunchtime.

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A convery sleigh was on hand to transport Santa to his grotto for the afternoon at Michies in the Market Square.

Santa will be back in his grotto again this Saturday from 1 until 4pm.

A post on the RNLI Stonehaven Facebook page said: “Santa Claus was welcomed today when he was transported by three of our crew Andrew Buchanan (helm), Richard Hampson and Steven Slorach.

“He was welcomed by some of our shore crew Billy (The Snowman) Lawson, George Craig and Steven Sinclair and a few of the team.

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“A large crowd of eager, excited children, accompanied by eager, excited adults greeted Santa as he stepped ashore, before embarking on his sleigh and travelling up the High Street to his wee grotto in Michie’s Chemist, Stonehaven.

“There was a bitter chill in the air, accompanied by strong winds, as Santa made his way, but this was soon forgotten as we watched the smiles on the childrens’ faces! Fantastic!”

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