Couple bring festive cheer to Sidmouth for a decade
PUBLISHED: 11:36 06 January 2017
A Sidmouth couple, who have spent a decade bringing Christmas Day cheer to the town, say they will keep their festive tradition going for years to come.
Francine Hayes-DeWymmer dresses up every year as Santa - with hubby Philip as her little helper - to hand out sweets to children and adults on The Esplanade - and even has dog biscuits for passing pets.
Retired nurse Francine, a grandmother-of-one, said: “It brings me joy and makes my Christmas.”
The 67-year-old dresses up no matter the weather and even carried out her festive duties on crutches following a foot operation.
The couple’s work has been praised by former resident Panos Taliadoros, a former resident who now lives in Greece.
Panos said: “She’s just got a heart of gold.
“She asks for nothing in return, no charity or any other agenda other than to wish people a Happy Christmas.”
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