When Santa went hi-tech with helicopter ride into Hartlepool

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Hartlepool Mail memory lane date not known old ref number E 7082 'Santa in helicopter christmas xmas

The 1950s saw Santa swap his sleigh for a helicopter ride to Hartlepool – as these vintage Mail snaps show.

But, despite his high-tech equipment, he still made sure to visit scores of parties – as well as the General Hospital.

Santa's Grotto at Hartlepool General Hospital in the 1950s.

Santa's Grotto at Hartlepool General Hospital in the 1950s.

“Back in the 1950s hospital staff obviously went all out to create a Santa’s grotto,” said archivist Susan Swinney.

“The attention to detail is amazing, right down to the dazzling Christmas tree. I bet the patients loved it.”

Other festive snaps featured today include two Christmas parties. However, the dates, and venues, sadly, remain a mystery.

“Our photographers had a great eye for a picture but, somewhere down the years, most of the details have been lost,” said Susan.

Hartlepool Mail memory lane   date not known  old ref number  NDM 7063 A   'OAPs  Christmas dinner   xmas dinner  old age pensioners

Hartlepool Mail memory lane date not known old ref number NDM 7063 A 'OAPs Christmas dinner xmas dinner old age pensioners

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A Christmas party underway in Hartlepool - date unknown.

A Christmas party underway in Hartlepool - date unknown.