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By Andrew Goss
Annan and Eskdale
First class Santa service

THE elves have this year installed a magic post box for Annan children to send their letters to Santa.

TLC Gifts on the town’s High Street have an express delivery service in place for letters by special arrangement with the ‘jolly man in red’ and his little helpers.

Shop proprietors George Caldwell, pictured, 56, and George Aitken, 61, can therefore accept letters posted at their ‘magic’ mailbox inside the shop — and have them delivered straight to the North Pole. Replies from Santa are guaranteed, right up to Christmas Eve. And the service is free!

Children simply need to write down their fondest wishes to Santa and pop them into an envelope, remembering to include their name and age. Santa replies will be delivered to the gift shop to be collected. Or they can be sent out by post, if a stamped and self-addressed envelope is included.

Mr Caldwell said: “We are only too happy to help Santa at this very busy time of year. It is our way of giving back to the community and maintaining some of the magic of Christmas for children.”

He added: “It is the first time we have been selected to help with this service at Christmas — but it’s great to see the specially postmarked envelopes coming back from the North Pole!”

He said almost 40 children had so far submitted their wishes to Santa, with many already having received a reply.

And there’s even been a letter from Chester the dog.