Monday 22 January 2018

Double Santa trouble

There were fears that the sight of more than one Santa Claus could traumatise children
There were fears that the sight of more than one Santa Claus could traumatise children

A Santa Claus was told to stop entertaining children amid fears that they would be "traumatised" by the sight of two Santas in the same street.

Colin Letchford, chairman of the Friends of Concord Beach charity, had donned the red suit during the Christmas lights switch-on in Canvey Island, Essex. The group claims he was told to pack up because of fears the arrival of Canvey Rotary Club's Santa sleigh could upset children.

DIVERS FOUND DEAD

A father and son who went diving on Christmas Day have been found dead in an underwater cave in Florida.

Hernando County Sheriff's Office said Holly King called authorities after her fiance, Darrin Spivey, and his son Dillon Sanchez (15) did not return home after a dive.

DAVID'S GOING STRONG

Having a pacemaker fitted has not stopped wildlife broadcaster David Attenborough climbing trees.

David (87) said his insurers insisted on him having the device. "I had to go to Australia and the insurance said they wouldn't insure me on a long flight unless I had something to monitor my heart."

CAT BURGLARS' SPREE

Two cats are responsible for a mini crime spree in England, the BBC reported.

Theo, belonging to Rachael Drouet and Paul Edwards from Ipswich, regularly brings home "treasures" from neighbours' houses. And in Luton, Denis, a pet of Lesley Newman, usually brings home Christmas wrapping paper -- minus the contents.

TRACKING THE SLEIGH

The US air defence "Santa tracker" logged 19.58 million unique visitors to its website on Christmas Eve.

Norad said volunteers answered 117,371 calls from children seeking information on Santa's progress. An additional 146,307 followed Santa's progress on Twitter.

DELTA FLIGHT GLITCH

A computer glitch gave Delta Air Lines travellers a welcome Christmas present.

Some fares on Delta's website and other sites were showing up incorrectly. A round-trip flight between Cincinnati and Minneapolis for February was being sold for just $25.05 (€18). The correct price is more than $400. A spokesman said: "Delta will honour any fares purchased."

CHRISTMAS TREE BLAZE

A 45ft Christmas tree at an open-air mall in Las Vegas went up in flames and burned Santa's cottage at 2am on Christmas morning.

Firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the blaze, and nobody was hurt.

Irish Independent

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