Santa swaps sleigh for tractor during primary school festive celebrations

14 December 2018

Farmer Christmas ploughed a path to a school in Suffolk this week to help spread some festive spirit.

The occasion took place in the little town of Withesham during the primary school’s annual end of year Christmas celebrations.

Farmer Christmas was actually Tony Buttle, an agricultural manager and lecturer from Easton and Otley College.

He turned up to the school in a Santa suit whilst driving a tractor covered in tinsel before handing out gifts to every child in the school.

Mr Buttle was ably supported by Laura Parker - a college student dressed as an elf – as they distributed presents from a specially constructed grotto.

Mr Buttle, said, “We’ve worked with the school a number of times over the years by giving talks on the importance of the harvest and next year, we are hoping that some young shepherds of the future will come and watch our flock when children from the school will be invited along to Otley to see and then name a new born lamb in 2019. In terms of this event, it was a pleasure to take the time to visit Witnesham Primary School and help everyone celebrate Christmas. The children were a credit to the school and it was a pleasure to do this. We hope to continue to build links with them. We need a new generation of people to consider farming careers so hopefully visits like this will make some of the children think about getting involved in our industry in the future.”

Elf for the day – Laura Parker, said, “I enjoyed being a helper. It’s important to support the community.”

Clair King is a treasurer for the WSA who raise funds for the school. (This organisation provided the presents for this event). Clair, said, “It’s been amazing – every year we try and do something exciting for the children. Thanks to the parents and the teachers and everyone who played a part in this event. Thanks also to the college. We are looking forward to taking a group of students to Otley in the spring.”

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