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.
“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.
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