When Santa swapped his sleigh for a sports car


Father Christmas clearly felt like a change when he visited Haywards Heath in 1988.

Rather than Rudolph and a gaggle of other reindeer, he rolled up in an open-topped MGB sports car.



The big man was visiting St Wilfrid’s School’s Christmas bazaar to help the youngsters raise money for school funds.

He must have brought a little bit of Christmas magic with him as the bazaar broke the school’s record and raised £1,000.

Do you recognise anyone in the picture? Were you there when Santa turned up in a sports car?

At the other end of the fundraising spectrum, 1988 was the year Children In Need became a registered charity, having been launched in 1980 under the watchful eye of Terry Wogan.



Children at Northlands Wood Primary School, Haywards Heath, collected £103 when they laid out a 113-metre line of coins which wove its way through the school corridors.

Pictured are Jacqueline Roberts, Russell Kellely and Katy Wallis.

Over at London Meeds School, in Burgess Hill, the children raised an impressive £1,500 with a mini-fair, fancy dress and disco.

Pictured taking part in a cross between conkers and apple bobbing are, back row, from left, Glenn Piper, Jamie Bannerman and Colin Prodger. Front row, from left, David Ground, Phillip Jones, Gary Prodger, Kelly Newton and Emma Locke.

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