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Shop in Canterbury displays letter to Santa, written 120 years ago

A city centre shop window display has a particularly poignant scene - because it features a letter to Santa, written 120 years ago.

It was penned by five-year-old Marjorie in 1898, who asked for "little toy ducks and chickens and a canvas stocking".

It was found in a book donated to an Oxfam shop in Eastbourne in 1999 by the father of Lily Birchall, who works at Whirligig Toys in Sun Street in Canterbury.

The display at Whirligig Toys, featuring the charming letter
The display at Whirligig Toys, featuring the charming letter

She said: “When I was asked to design and create a Christmas window display, I knew exactly what I wanted to do - a traditional post office sorting room, incorporating this gorgeous letter.

"We have even made a post box inside the shop so children can post their own letters to Santa.”


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