A nine-year-old girl who sent a message to Santa on a balloon was amazed to find a box of presents on her doorstep on Christmas Eve after her message reached a generous family more than 800 miles away.
Eric Harmer took granddaughter Lily May to the West Hill on October 27 to send a message to Santa Claus.
Eric, from Rye Road, told the Observer: “I suggested that she should write a letter and we would attach it to two helium balloons that I had picked up from a party the previous weekend, go up to the West Hill and release them to see if anyone would find the message and reply.
“The letter was addressed to Santa and it explained about Lily and her family.
“The balloons barely got off the ground and just cleared the trees at the end of the hill – maybe it might make it to The East …