Merry Christmas to sledge-less Santa!

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SANTA Claus ditched the sleigh to turn up for a village fete in a vintage car.

The big man rolled up to the Hollyberry Fair at Chipperfield Village Hall in a 1912 Oakland motor car.

The big man set up a grotto at the event on Saturday for youngsters to tell him what presents they want.

Organiser Ann Waine, from the village’s Croft Lane, said: “The fete has been running in Chipperfield for over 50 years. Santa turned up in the same vintage car he arrives in every year.

“His sleigh is always being repaired for the big day at this time of year.”

Chipperfield St Paul’s CofE Primary School sang carols to open the fete. There were also stalls selling home-made cakes, bric-a-brac, raffle tickets, jewellery, lunch and face-painting.

Mayor of Dacorum Gillian Chapman was among the guests.

Net profits from the event will be distributed between St Paul’s Church in the village, which organised the fete, and homelessness charity Dacorum Emergency Night Shelter (DENS).