HE’S no Rudolph, but Frosty the reindeer still managed to get scores of school children in the festive spirit.
The four-year-old reindeer was drafted in to Lumley Junior School as a Christmas surprise by excited headteacher Angela Vear.
And with just days to go before the end of term, the visitor got festive fever hitting new heights.
Mrs Vear said: “I just thought it would be a really nice experience for the children.
“And I thought it would be a really unusual thing to do.
“I’ve known about it since November, and it’s been really difficult to keep it a secret from the children – I told everyone else.”
Frosty, a resident at Adventure Valley, Brasside, Durham, met children from every year group in the school, as well as teachers equally excited about the visit.
Staff from Sainsbury’s, Wessington Way, also gave up their time for free to spread more Christmas cheer, donning fancy dress costumes and handing out sweet treats to the children.
The group, who sported reindeer, Christmas tree and elf outfits, have given more than 800 selection boxes to people at different organisations over the past week.
Eight-year-old pupil Amelia Simpson said it was a shock seeing the 4ft-high English reindeer in the school yard.
“I didn’t think he would have antlers that big,” said the Year Four pupil. “But I had a chance to stroke him and he was quite soft.
“It was quite a shock when they told us he was coming.”
But self-confessed reindeer expert Sam James, nine, from the Great Lumley School, said he knew what to expect from the horned visitor.
“He was a bit different to some reindeer I’ve seen before because it didn’t have antlers,” he said.
“I was a bit shocked because I didn’t think he would be coming to school as well as Santa, so school was a bit different today.
“I’ll be telling my mam about it.”