It was probably the brightest, sunniest, but maybe coolest, time that Santa has visited the windmill on Sunday.
A small crowd of admirers were waiting when he arrived on the Belper Rotary club motorised sledge.
They queued patiently to meet him inside the mill, which had been converted into a sparkling grotto.
Just over 100 children of all ages saw him and told him their needs – the youngest was only 2 weeks old- a record for the mill!
Whilst waiting their turn, the guardians and children had a variety of activities to enjoy, including ‘hug a husky’ , a huge bric a brac stall and lots of good things to eat and drink.
Angela Ward (Chair of Friends of the windmill) said: ‘It’s been a great day and everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves’ . She went on to particularly thank the many mill volunteers who had turned out to operate the various events and to look after Santa.
Heage Windmill is usually open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from Easter to the end of October. It is now open on Sunday, but is still currently closed on Saturday. See home page for details>
Please note the wind speed. If it is more than 5 or 6 mph, then normally the sails will be turning.
Heage Windmill is owned by Derbyshire CC but is controlled and operated by Heage Windmill Society, a charitable organisation (Reg Charity No 1065980), to whom all profits from running the windmill are donated by the Friends to help ensure its continued preservation