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Santa Claus Is Coming to Haigh
Tuesday 18th November, 2008

Santa Claus Is Coming to Haigh
A bemused worker spots Santa’s hat

FATHER Christmas has been making sure repair work at Haigh Hall stacks up ahead of his special visit.

Workmen currently re-pointing three of the historic Grade II building’s chimneys found the jolly man’s trademark hat recently. A sure sign he’s been checking to make sure he can still fit down the chimney or if he’ll need to use his Santa magic to drop off the gifts this Christmas.

Haigh Hall’s manager Chris Walne said: “I knew he checked his list twice but I didn’t know he checked chimneys as well when he planned his route.

“Santa’s going to be here every Sunday from November 30 in his grotto while Haigh Hall will be serving up festive Sunday lunches.

“When the fire’s lit and the tree has been decked there’s nowhere in Wigan quite like Haigh Hall at Christmas.”

But children shouldn’t be too concerned Santa might catch a chill without his hat.

Chris added: “We’ve posted him his hat back to the North Pole although I’m sure Mrs Claus has already knitted him a new one.

“He’s obviously got a lot on his mind at this time of year.”

Work re-pointing the parapet, chimneys and the recoating of a section of flat roof are expected to be completed by February.

It’s the first phase of a three year re-pointing and roof repair project at the famous hall following a £210,000 investment by Wigan Council.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust who manage Haigh Hall and grounds have appointed a specialist masonry company to carry out the repairs to the highest of standards.

Father Christmas will be at the Information Centre at Haigh stables every Sunday between 12 noon and 4pm from November 30th. Book early for Haigh Hall’s Christmas Sunday Lunches on 01942 832 895.

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