From the Archive: Santa and his sack of toy

Guess what Santa’s bringing me for Christmas! This little girl on a hobby horse was snapped in Brand

Guess what Santa’s bringing me for Christmas! This little girl on a hobby horse was snapped in Brandon in late November. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant library

What would Christmas be without that childhood anticipation surrounding Santa and his sack of toys? This week I take a nostalgic look-back at Christmas 50 years ago.

Outside a toy shop in the town someone else is having a go on a trike which looks to be about the ri

Outside a toy shop in the town someone else is having a go on a trike which looks to be about the right size. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant library

1 Guess what Santa's bringing me for Christmas! This little girl on a hobby horse was snapped in Brandon in late November.

2 Outside a toy shop in the town someone else is having a go on a trike which looks to be about the right size.

The kart was one of the more sophisticated toys in a very wide range in this shop. Photo: Archant Li

The kart was one of the more sophisticated toys in a very wide range in this shop. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant library


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3 A youngster gets behind the wheel of a top go-kart for a trial run in Spashetts Toy Shop in Bungay. The kart was one of the more sophisticated toys in a very wide range in this shop.

Father Christmas makes a scheduled stop at Drayton Village Hall just before Christmas. Photo: Archan

Father Christmas makes a scheduled stop at Drayton Village Hall just before Christmas. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant library

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4 Father Christmas makes a scheduled stop at Drayton Village Hall just before Christmas.

5 Members of Hellesdon Youth Club had been busy collecting toys for the Sue Ryder Appeal for forgotten allies – victims of concentration camps - and also in that year had collected money for many other deserving charities.

Members of Hellesdon Youth Club had been busy collecting toys for the Sue Ryder Appeal for forgotten

Members of Hellesdon Youth Club had been busy collecting toys for the Sue Ryder Appeal for forgotten allies – victims of concentration camps. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant library

6 Teresa Brown (five) and her sister Hilary (four) receive an advance present from Santa at King's Lynn.

Receiving an advance present from Santa at King’s Lynn. Photo: Archant Library

Receiving an advance present from Santa at King’s Lynn. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant library

7 That year Father Christmas was also in Snowland at Catlings, Lowestoft and the children seemed to be as entranced by the working model of the ski-lift as they were by the gifts being offered by that familiar figure with the long white beard and red robe.

8 Jeans Toy shop in Lowestoft housed toys of all kinds to suit all ages and pockets, from model spacecraft to giant tanks, like this range shown here.

Gifts being offered by that familiar figure with the long white beard and red robe. Photo: Archant L

Gifts being offered by that familiar figure with the long white beard and red robe. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant library

9 Hey daddy! This is something I would really like for Christmas. See how well I can ride it! In a year when trikes were all the rage, this youngster was photographed at Regis Toys in the town.

Jeans Toy shop in Lowestoft housed toys of all kinds to suit all ages and pockets. Photo: Archant Li

Jeans Toy shop in Lowestoft housed toys of all kinds to suit all ages and pockets. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant library

10 In early December an indefatigable Santa was to be found at Thetford's Co-operative Store, where his young customers seemed somewhat critical of the man in red.

If you recognise anyone in the pictures or would like to tell us more about them you can email rosemary.dixton@archant.co.uk

This youngster was photographed at Regis Toys in the town. Photo: Archant Library

This youngster was photographed at Regis Toys in the town. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant library

Make sure you join our Facebook group: Norwich Remembers, for a nostalgic look at Norwich over the decades.

In early December an indefatigable Santa was to be found at Thetford’s Co-operative Store. Photo: Ar

In early December an indefatigable Santa was to be found at Thetford’s Co-operative Store. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant library

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