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No grotto for Cheshire Santa this Christmas

Hundreds of children in the Cheshire town of Macclesfield have been left disappointed after Santa had to cancel Christmas because there is no room in the main shopping centre for his grotto.

Cheshire Santa has been left without a grotto this Christmas Credit: MEN Syndication

It's the first time in the town's history that there will be no grotto and it has left Santa feeling grotty.

Fed-up Santa, who has made his home in the heart of the town for as long as people can remember, made a desperate appeal through the town's local paper for help.

But he was unable to find a suitable spot for his grotto in the town centre.

Santa had to cancel Christmas because there is no room in the main shopping centre for his grotto. Credit: MEN Syndication

His failure to find a home has led him to send out a message to all the children in the town telling them the bad news.

“I was looking forward to meeting the children of Macclesfield and desperately wanted to find somewhere to hold my grotto but sadly I’ve had to cancel. Thanks everyone for coming up with ideas and trying to find me a grotto but sadly I’ll have to be homeless this year. “I hope the children of Macclesfield won’t be too disappointed. My helpers and I will be busy finding somewhere for next year so we will be back with presents to get the show back on the road.”

– Santa

Santa has been meeting kids and handing out presents at the Grosvenor Centre for years, raising thousands of pounds for charities.

Grosvenor Centre in Macclesfield Credit: MEN Syndication

But this year he has found himself homeless because there are no available units. The grotto has raised thousands of pounds for charity over the years.