CHILDREN got their orders in early for Santa as they kicked off the Christmas festivities at a Morpeth store.
Around 50 pupils from Whalton and Longhorsley St Helen’s First Schools gathered at Rutherfords of Morpeth on Saturday for a festive shopping day.
The children opened a special postbox in the shop and were the first to use it to dispatch their letters to Santa.
They also flicked the switch on the Christmas window display, designed by Jill Harthill, which features a snowy woodland scene with Santa, children and a donkey pulling a cart.
Headteacher of both schools Sue Hall said: “It was a wonderful opportunity for us to be involved in Rutherfords’ special day.
“We incorporated writing their letters to Santa into our literacy classes and the children really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it.
“It was a super way to launch our Christmas activities in the school and the children are now getting very excited.”
The event also saw the Mid Northumberland Chorus perform carols, while staff handed out sherry and mince pies.
The postbox will be in Rutherfords until Christmas for children to send their lists to Santa. Letters with contact details will be entered into a prize draw and three winners will receive a gift.