Santas ride from North Walsham to boost charity

A growing squadron of Santas will cycle around north Norfolk on a post-Christmas charity jaunt.

Sixty suited and bearded jolly figures are expected to take part in the annual event which began with a handful of friends six years ago.

They will assemble at North Walsham Market Place on Monday December 27 at 9am, before heading to the Black Swan pub 'headquarters' for a bacon roll breakfast.

The colourful convoy then heads to Trunch, Mundesley, Bacton and Walcott, visiting about 15 pubs, before returning to North Walsham.

Many locals, especially in Mundesley, are now regular bystanders and make donations as the Tour of Britain style string of cyclists passes through.

One of the organisers Matthew Dyke said it was started in 2004 by five or six friends wanting to 'escape the house, burn off a few mince pies and have a good catch up on all the festive goings-on!'

The numbers grew each year, the Santa's outfits and a charity angle were added. So far they had raised �2,205 for the NSPCC children's charity, and hoped to top �3,000 this year.

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Money is raised from the �10 entry fee which also covers the Father Christmas costume. A further �10 on the day covers the first drink, a bacon sandwich, and small buffet at one of the pubs on route.

More information from Matthew Dyke on 07717 875854