Father Christmas has been forced to apologise after children complained they had been left ‘disappointed’ by the man in the red suit when he cut his tour short last night.
The Santa Float, organised by the Rotary Club of Leighton-Linslade, has been travelling around the town since the first week of December, but was unable to continue its journey to visit all the children at Himley Green last night.
Mark Kelly said: “A very sad four-year-old went to bed after waiting up to see Father Christmas in Himley Green, only they didn’t bother with the lower half.
“We saw them go into Grasmere Way, so she sat excitedly on her window sill, only for them to emerge and just drive away.
“It’s a shame. She understands he’s busy though.”
Hannah Laurenzi got in touch with the LBO to say: “Why is the Santa float not coming up Knaves/Chestnut hill? Lots of very disappointed children and adults too!”
A spokesman for the Rotary Club of Leighton-Linslade explained that the float normally finishes travelling between 8pm and 8.30pm so as to avoid disturbing young children with early bedtimes.
He said: “Santa tried to stop reasonably early in every street so that people were not disturbed, but as there were a lot of people at Himley Green, it slowed him down a bit, so that’s why he couldn’t continue.
“Santa apologises to those who were unable to see him, but hopefully you’ll be able to see him at the traditional carol singing on Leighton’s High Street on Christmas Eve, starting at 7.00pm.”