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When Santa's letter got stuck up the chimney

Published 12/12/2015 | 20:06

David Haylock and his wife Carol are given presents by builders who found a 60-year-old note he wrote to Father Christmas
David Haylock and his wife Carol are given presents by builders who found a 60-year-old note he wrote to Father Christmas

The author of a heartwarming letter to Santa that was hidden in a chimney for more than 60 years has been reunited with his note.

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Builder Lewis Shaw shared a photo of the letter, written by a young boy called David, to Facebook after discovering it while demolishing the fireplace of a house in Caversham, Reading, Berkshire.

The letter said: "Dear Father Christmas, Please can you send me a Rupert annual, and a drum box of chalks, soldiers and Indians, slippers and any little toys you have to spare, Love David."

It is then signed off with lots of kisses.

The 24-year-old builder was working with his colleagues when they found the letter in the rubble at a 1930s semi-detached house in Oakley Road.

He said: "We found him with the help of the old lady next door. He now lives on the other side of Reading in Tilehurst and the local online paper Get Reading has arranged for us to meet him."

David Haylock, now 78, wrote the message when he was about six.

Mr Haylock returned to his old house and the builders gifted him the presents he had asked for all those years ago.

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