Sleigh bells ringing as Santa heads to west Cumbria - to raise cash for the Crab Fair

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Sleigh bells have been ringing out as Santa and his elves visited children in preparation for the big day.

Santa is spending this week travelling through the Egremont area to raise funds for the 750th Crab Fair next year. Orgill School children have been helping him out by acting as his elves during the trips.

A number of fundraising events will be held in the run-up to the anniversary fair in September, as the organising committee hopes to make it one to remember.

Callum Scott, from the committee, said: "We have been putting on the sleigh for 14 years now, Santa hands out sweets to kids and collects money for the Crab Fair.

"This year we have had help from Orgill School kids who have dressed as Santa's elves.

"We're looking for support with the anniversary Crab Fair, and we are planning a fundraising event every month. I'd like to thank Orgill School for its help."

On Monday Santa was in Thornhill before stopping off at Orgill and Castle Croft on Tuesday night. He called at Smithfield and the Pastures on Wednesday and on Thursday he met children at North Road, East Road, York Place, Brisco Mount and Dent View.

He finishes his trip with a visit to Gulley Flats, Ling Road and Westfield Drive on Friday.

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