Santa gave town’s poor children hope at Christmas

In 1906, shortly after the Liberal Party had won a majority at the General Election, the readers of the Belper News came together to ensure the disadvantaged children of the town enjoyed some Christmas cheer.

Following generous donations from townsfolk a tea was held at Long School in the town on December 28.

And Santa (pictured) attended to present each of the 600 youngsters gathered with a toy.

The event came just two years after inmates at the town’s workhouse were visited by founder of the Salvation Army – as we recounted in last week’s Memory Lane.

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