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Shopkeepers Make Santa's Grotto

Friday December 20 2013

Photo by Darren Harper Photo by Darren Harper

TRADERS in the Arcade in Barnsley were so upset when they realised there was no Santa's grotto they decided to make their own!

They set about collecting gifts and donations and even persuaded letting agents responsible for the area to allow them to use an empty unit.

That grotto opens in the former Toni&Guy hair salon in the Arcade on Saturday. It'll be open from 10am-3pm, on Sunday from 11am-2pm and on Monday from 10am-3pm.

Rachel Needham, from Getchageekon in the Arcade, said: "A customer complained that there was no grotto for the kids so several of us shopkeepers got together.

"We thought it was miserable if there was nowhere for the kids to go so we did something about it."

The entrance fee for the grotto is £2.50 and profits will go to Barnsley Hospital's children's ward.

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Reply Posted by Maria Bennie on Friday December 20 2013 at 17:36
Well done guys what an awesome thing to do :-)

Reply Posted by Cynical Sid on Friday December 20 2013 at 17:37
That's all well and good generally, but the reasons why businesses in Barnsley failed to deliver was ultimately based on the cost versus complaints. For a charitable donation of £2.50 will people still be charitable in their feedback?

Reply Posted by lyndsey on Friday December 20 2013 at 17:40
Ill b bringing my little boy its his first Christmas and I carnt wait for him t meet santa :-)

Reply Posted by Barnsley hospital charity on Friday December 20 2013 at 17:45
After visiting the grotto this afternoon we can guarantee no one will be disappointed.....the arcarde have done an amazing job! A true community of shop owners have come together and produced something fantastic all in aid of Barnsley hospital charity! We cannot recommend more highly that you give your little ones a treat amidst your Christmas shopping and visit the grotto! Thank you arcade. ..you're all amazing xx

Reply Posted by nat on Friday December 20 2013 at 17:47
Absolutely fantastic idea. Will be visiting with my 2 kiddies

Reply Posted by Bob on Friday December 20 2013 at 17:51
Is there not a Santa in the Alambra? Either there is or there's some weirdo randomly sat there getting his photo taken with kids =/

Reply Posted by kelly on Saturday December 21 2013 at 09:35
aint a grotto bob its terrible

Reply Posted by laura norman on Friday December 20 2013 at 18:24
You shud pinch the alambra santa hes even got a real beard and an accent. My friends 10 yr old saw him and was over the moon to see the REAL SANTA

Reply Posted by Philip Taylorr on Friday December 20 2013 at 19:48
Well done needs advertising in the centre of town billboards round mayday green need to be proactive about getting shoppers into town just the thing missing this Christmas

Reply Posted by maxie on Saturday December 21 2013 at 07:25
good on yer.well done!

Reply Posted by Lauren on Saturday December 21 2013 at 09:37
I will Be coming on monday with my 2 children.. had to take both of mine to meadowhall .. was completly gutted no santas grotto in Barnsley.. Well done you guys xx

Reply Posted by GRIM on Saturday December 21 2013 at 09:45
The business owners of some of the new shops of the arcade are doing great things. All really friendly and are creating a really nice community feel to the place.
Rachel, Stu from Debt Records, the cake decor shop, Originals, they're all brilliant, quality local shops with excellent customer care.

People need to stop saying there is nowhere worth shopping and take a look at what we already have. Apart from one online purchase, I have bought all of my Xmas presents from town this year. avoiding Meadowhall like the plague

Reply Posted by Nigel on Saturday December 21 2013 at 10:42
I bought all my Christmas presents from meadowhall this year, it's free parking. Avoiding parking chargers in town like the plague.

Reply Posted by sid on Saturday December 21 2013 at 20:42
Didn't the petrol costs out weigh the saving though Nigel?