Children's Lapland visit

A plane full of children from our region who either are, or have been, seriously ill, has made a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Lapland.

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Flight takes off on trip to Lapland

It is surely every child's dream to fly off to Lapland to meet Father Christmas at this time of year and for one very special plane full of youngsters that is exactly what's happened.

Dozens of families from our region whose children have had to cope with difficult medical conditions have flown out there and our reporter James Webster was with them as they went 'Searching For Santa'. This is part one of his special report:

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In pictures: Trip to Lapland takes off

Cartoon characters greet children at the airport
Cartoon characters greet children at the airport Credit: ITV News

As children arrived at the airport they were greeted by a collection of cartoon characters who followed the families through the terminal building. Many of the children hadn't flown before.

The pilot and cabin crew dressed especially for the trip
The pilot and cabin crew dressed especially for the trip Credit: ITV News

The crew on the Monarch flight had all volunteered to go on the trip, dressing in festive outfits for the occasion. Also on board were celebrities including Emmerdale cast members John Middleton, Nick Miles and Bhaskar Patel, actresses Denise Welch and Lauren Drummond, and sportsman Chris Kamara.

Celebrities including Denise Welch chatting to families on the flight
Celebrities including Denise Welch chatting to families on the flight Credit: ITV News
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