Thursday, November 22, 2007

Darlington a 'Santa Free Zone'?


...well, not quite, but I am baffled by the Cornmill's decision to abandon having a Santa sitting under the tree on the ground floor, as in previous years. From the comments made by the manager in today's Advertiser, the aim is to prevent having parents "milling around". Of course, having once queued with their little darlings to see St Nick, those same parents would often 'mill around' the Cornmill's shops and spend, spend spend.


Seeing Santa is as fundamental to Christmas as the Queen's Speech, family rows and bankruptcy. I'm sure I won't be the only parent who will be spending one less shopping day in Darlington town centre and instead taking my child (and custom) elsewhere.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bah humbug Councillor Wallis. Shouldn't you as one of the town leaders be supporting the traders in Darlington town centre who are having such a hard time?

ian holme said...

Too many shops/shopping centres are taking this sort of action.

As a child part of the fun of christmas was going to the "grotto" with my grandparents. They just dont exist any more...the shops being too greedy to give over valuable floorspace tor such things.

I agree with you Nick, this is a mistake by the Cornmill and one less reason for people to visit.

Too late for this year now, but could dbc do something in the Ped Heart for the kids, next to the tree, with all proceeds going to charity?

Darlington Councillor said...

In response to anonymous - well, I do support the traders, and will do as much of my xmas shopping in Darlington town centre as I can. When they get it wrong - and I feel that this decision is short-sighted and will lead to a drop in trade - I will say so too.

Ian - it is I think too late for this year, but I am raising this with the town centre team for when we think about next year. I don't think a "municipal Santa" is the way forward - maybe the Cornmill will reconsider, or another store will pick up the baton.

miketually said...

Didn't Binns always have a Santa? I'm sure that's where I went for my annual "Be Scared By The Strange Man And Cry" visit as a kid.

Perhaps The Oval will pick up the baton?

Ian White, townliar.com said...

The Grange, here in Hurworth is having a Santa at our Christmas Gala, Opened by our good pal Cllr Wallis and his good lady.

All kids will get a present and a framed photo with Santa for £2.50 all proceeds to charity.

Its on Sunday December 2nd starting 1-5pm all welcome!

ian holme said...

Nice plug Ian!

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes...

The Oval, Mike. The only Oval I know is associated with cricket. Sorry couldn't resist it.

I know, I know it's the new shopping development. What it will do to the other retailers in Darlington I shudder to think.

The problem is access roads to the town centre are so congested. It's putting people off. Introduce reduced or free bus fares and reduced or scrap car parking charges and park and ride and you might, you just might, turn the tide.

Anonymous said...

Sorry I forgot. Good luck Ian for the Christmas Gala on Saturday.

Alan

Ian White said...

Its Sunday the 2nd 1-5pm Hurworth Grange NOT Saturday.

Anonymous said...

Good on you Ian.

Not too long ago Nick was the brunt of a lot of very hurtful comments on your site (not by you I add)He is a thoroughly decent man with a lovely family.It will mean a lot to him to open the fete.
I knew that a lot of those comments on the site were tongue in cheek.If you give it out, you have to be able to take it in spades, something Chris Close cannot do.The sooner he is banished, the sooner people like myself will be happy to post.
Let him spout his desperate pathetic lies and you will continue to be the administrator of a site with "5" posters.

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes....

My mistake, sorry Ian.

Alan