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6th Jul, 2022

Santa Claus is coming to town - in a Ferrari

IT LOOKS as though Santa is not the only one treating himself after a tough year, as he greeted Stratford shoppers in a rare Ferrari F40.

The unorthodox scene was courtesy of Stratford College students who set up a festive shoot against the backdrop of Bell Court.

The project, which also involved The Royal Shakespeare Company and Bell Court, aimed to encourage residents to support Stratford businesses by shopping locally, while lifting Christmas spirits.

The shoot included Santa’s sleigh full of ‘Shop Local’ bags and presents, alongside the Ferrari F40, courtesy of former student John McGurk, and director of McGurk Performance Cars.

The photos produced by the students are on display in a shop window in Bell Court as part of the RSC’s Advent Window Trail. The trail, which can be followed online using #StratfordAdventTrail, has been created in partnership with local shops, community groups and independent businesses in the town centre.

Photographer and media lecturer Sophie Jolly said: “This is an opportunity to recognise what’s available to us whilst spreading a bit of Christmas spirit, reassurance, positivity and normality to the people of Stratford-upon-Avon. We are hopeful that the final outcome will bring pleasure to children knowing that Santa is still busy preparing for Christmas.”

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