Youngsters enjoy a trip to Santa’s Forest in Wisbech

Morgan Smith visiting Santa at the Wisbech Insitiute ANL-141215-143454009
Morgan Smith visiting Santa at the Wisbech Insitiute ANL-141215-143454009

Scores of Fenland youngsters were able to pick up an early present and pass on their festive wishes to Father Christmas in his spectacular grotto.

The Wisbech Institute was transformed into Santa’s Forest during December, which has proved to be a big success in the town.

Wisbech Town Council has supported the effort, which is raising money for the Institute, by donating a number of real Christmas trees.

The grotto also includes a tableau backdrop given to the Institute by a company which decorates Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Chairman of the Friends of Wisbech Institute, John Smith, has been delighted with the response.

He said: “We have been really busy and the grotto has been really well received by people in Wisbech.

“The grotto is quite mysterious.

“We are hoping to raise lots of money for the Institute.

“The grotto has been great fun and it really makes my Christmas.”

Friends of Wisbech Insitute have also recently presented a £4,600 cheque to the directors.

This money will go towards the costs of restoration projects within the historic building.