All aboard for the Santa Special at Dereham

There were smiles and waves as dozens of children and adults were given a ride on the Santa Special train on the Mid Norfolk Railway on Friday.

Dereham and District Round Table used some of the thousands of pounds it collects from its sleigh collections to hire a carriage for more than 60 disadvantaged and vulnerable people of all ages on the pre-Christmas journey from Dereham to Wymondham.

Members liaised with Mencap, Autism Anglia, Dereham Cancer Care and SNAP (Special Needs And Parents) to find those deserving of the festive treat.

Since early December, a team of about 20 Tablers and other volunteers have covered about 500 miles in Dereham and surrounding villages and by the time they have counted up all the money, they hope to have raised about �5000.

Mark Older, community service liaison officer said: 'As every year the response has been fantastic. Times are tough but the generosity has been amazing.'

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