A pair of cycling Santas in Brighton spread seasonal goodwill to residents of the South Coast resort on Christmas Day by riding around the city’s Preston Park and handing out envelopes containing £5 notes to people enjoying a festive stroll.
The Argus says that the envelopes, besides the money, contained a card signed by ‘Mr and Mrs Claus’ with a festive message and an email address, mrclaus [at] idontbelieveinsanta.com, with an invitation to send their own greetings.
The newspaper tried to contact the mystery bike-borne benefactors, but received a reply from a certain Bob, who described himself as ‘Elf-in-charge’ and living at the North Pole.
Bob told the Argus: “I shall pass your comments onto Mr. and Mrs Claus who, as you might suspect, are having a little rest after the festivities.
“I am under strict instructions not to discuss the Claus's activities at any time of the year, especially over the Christmas period. I'm sure you'll understand,” he added.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.