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Christmas at Camps was always a time that the mechanical Father Christmas would appear in the window tapping his stick.

Santa would be standing among the array of items enticing customers into the store to find Christmas gifts.

He underwent a few changes over the years, but once he started tapping at the window you knew Christmas was on the way and the Christmas shop was open and ready for business.

Father Christmas tapping on the window at Camp Hopson
Father Christmas tapping on the window at Camp Hopson

The real Father Christmas would arrive in style and people would start to queue outside the store for those January sales bargains.

Newbury Today has put together some old photographs to revive those memories - plus the tap tap tapping video...

Camp Hopson winter sale ad 1927 (52918810)
Camp Hopson winter sale ad 1927 (52918810)

The arrival of the real Father Christmas was a special moment.

Camp Hopson Christmas past - Father Christmas arrives at Camp Hopson in 1995 (52918383)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - Father Christmas arrives at Camp Hopson in 1995 (52918383)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - a visit to Santa's Grotto was a highlight for many children (52918377)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - a visit to Santa's Grotto was a highlight for many children (52918377)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - a visit to Santa's Grotto was a highlight for many children (52918362)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - a visit to Santa's Grotto was a highlight for many children (52918362)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - a visit to Santa's Grotto was a highlight for many children (52918364)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - a visit to Santa's Grotto was a highlight for many children (52918364)
Camps at Christmas (53221559)
Camps at Christmas (53221559)
Camps at Christmas (53221545)
Camps at Christmas (53221545)
Camps at Christmas (53221547)
Camps at Christmas (53221547)
Camps at Christmas (53223034)
Camps at Christmas (53223034)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - Christmas Shop (52918381)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - Christmas Shop (52918381)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - Christmas Shop (52918379)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - Christmas Shop (52918379)
Camps at Christmas (53221540)
Camps at Christmas (53221540)

And who could forget those hardy souls who slept outside the store to be sure of their place in the sales queue in the hope of snapping up a bargain in the January sales.

Camp Hopson winter sale queues (52918808)
Camp Hopson winter sale queues (52918808)
Camps at Christmas (53221553)
Camps at Christmas (53221553)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - queuing from Boxing Day for a bargain in the January sale (52918389)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - queuing from Boxing Day for a bargain in the January sale (52918389)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - queuing from Boxing Day for a bargain in the January sale (52918391)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - queuing from Boxing Day for a bargain in the January sale (52918391)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - queuing from Boxing Day for a bargain in the January sale (52918395)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - queuing from Boxing Day for a bargain in the January sale (52918395)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - queuing from Boxing Day for a bargain in the January sale (52918397)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - queuing from Boxing Day for a bargain in the January sale (52918397)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - queuing from Boxing Day for a bargain in the January sale (52918393)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - queuing from Boxing Day for a bargain in the January sale (52918393)
Camps at Christmas (53221557)
Camps at Christmas (53221557)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - Jonathan Hopson welcomes bargain hunters as the doors open for the sales (52918387)
Camp Hopson Christmas past - Jonathan Hopson welcomes bargain hunters as the doors open for the sales (52918387)
Camps at Christmas (53221533)
Camps at Christmas (53221533)

The original Father Christmas got a bit threadbare over the years and had to be upgraded.

So here's the tapping Father Christmas, from 2014. With thanks to Jo Berridge who took this video clip.



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