...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.