Do you remember Santa’s grotto inside the Mansfield Co-op department store – or how about one family’s unusual pet?
This video shows a special visitor to the grotto nearly 50 years ago, back in 1966 – although we’re not 100 per cent convinced it’s the real Santa that Rikki the chimp gets to meet!
The video shows a day in the life of 16-month-old chimp Rikki with his owners, Jim and Marie Wakefield, including a visit to the department store grotto inside the art-deco building on Queen Street which first opened in September 1938.
Do you recognise the Wakefields, or any other Mansfield scenes in the video?
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