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Exempt from Covid travel restrictions, Santa Claus made an early visit to Tayinloan last Sunday.
He took a break from his Christmas Eve preparations to visit the village’s children, spreading some festive cheer as he delivered goodies to each child.
Santa would normally visit the children at their annual Christmas party in the village hall but, as that could not take place this year, he travelled around Tayinloan in a van driven by one of his elves instead.
They were joined by another couple of elves, who helped to deliver the gifts outside the children’s homes, and dog Murphy, sporting his own set of reindeer antlers.
It poured with rain throughout the visit but nothing seemed to dampen the children’s spirits.
Santa’s visit came the day after a Christmas tree, donated by some of the residents, was erected at the entrance of the village. The tree was decorated by some of the village children and anyone who wishes to add to it is welcome to do so.