Shop at Binns for Everything in the 1950s - including a magical Santa visit

Santa at Binns in the 1950s.

Santa at Binns in the 1950s.

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Generations of Hartlepool youngsters enjoyed one very special treat each Christmas - a visit to Santa at Binns.

Today’s final collection of festive photos features Father Christmas at the store in the 1950s, with a trio of awe-struck children.

Dozens of Hartlepool youngsters have fun at Christmas in the 1950s.

Dozens of Hartlepool youngsters have fun at Christmas in the 1950s.

“Binns opened for business in West Hartlepool in 1926, after taking over the Gray Peverell building,” said archivist Susan Swinney.

“Within a year the store had become the area’s shopping headquarters; and so the annual tradition of a Santa visit was born.”

Other photos featured include two children’s Christmas parties - at mystery venues - plus a 1950s festive gathering for pensioners.

“If anyone can help with names or dates, we would really like to hear from them,” said Susan.

Hartlepool pensioners enjoy some festive cheer in the 1950s.

Hartlepool pensioners enjoy some festive cheer in the 1950s.

* Details can be emailed to: sarah.stoner@jpress.co.uk

Kids having fun at a Christmas party in the 1950s.

Kids having fun at a Christmas party in the 1950s.