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Vandalised sleigh scene mended in time for Christmas

Rudolf gets some tender loving care after his ordeal Credit: Swan Hotel

A Christmas display set up in the shadow of Wells Cathedral is back on show after it was ruined by drunken revellers.

Thousands of pounds of damage was caused to the alpine snow scene at the Swan Hotel early on Sunday, 18th December. One of the steps into the antique German snow sleigh was snapped off and the ornamental display reindeer were broken with their legs smashed to pieces.

The hotel creates the display for the community every year and staff were heart-broken to discover the mess. The General Manager urged those responsible to give themselves up so they didn't have to go to the police.

The popular display before and after the damage Credit: Swan Hotel Wells

The Swan Hotel in Wells worked hard to repair the display and reports that Rudolf is now fully recovered and is back on the front terrace. Staff say he's fit and ready for his public over Christmas.

The four persons responsible for the damage came forward and have made personal apologies and are each making a donation to the hotel's chosen charities; Heads Up and Macmillan Cancer Support.

It appears that festive high spirits got out of control and no malice was intended.

I would like to thank everyone who helped Rudolf to recover so quickly. The public outcry really brought home just how valued our display is by the local community.

– General Manager, Mark Tobin
Staff are overjoyed to have the display back in place for everyone to enjoy Credit: Swan Hotel Wells