VIDEO: Historic look at Santa’s grotto in Mansfield – as Father Christmas welcomes a special visitor

The old Co-op department store in Mansfield seen in 1966.
The old Co-op department store in Mansfield seen in 1966.

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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