Santa ride at Saintfield is given the star treatment for programme

Saintfield was in the spotlight on Saturday when UTV came to film the annual Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride.

Presenter Sarah Travers and the entire production team from UTV programme The Magazine surprised Hundreds of Santas as they paraded into Saintfield town.

While the weather on the day was cold and there was a light drizzle of rain but that did not dampen the spirits of the Santas taking part or the crowds of well wishers lining the street.

The ride itself arrived in Saintfield led by ‘The Real Santa’ who was joined by Sarah Travers in a beautiful horsedrawn carriage two other carriages followed each carrying VIP guests.

Santa and Sarah alighted from the carriage and to the crowds delight she climbed unto a platform to welcome and surprise the Santas.

The programme will be shown on Monday 15th December on UTV at 8pm.

After the ride lunch was served in the marquee and everyone was entertained once again by live Christmas music and plenty of craic from Terence McKeague.

Sarah Travers presented the prizes to all the best dressed Santas, a competition which was judged earlier in the day by Alastair McIlveen, of North Down Marquees.