Black Santa will officially begin his 43rd sit out at Belfast Cathedral aka St Anne’s Cathedral on Monday 16th however he was out last night at the Night Time Bazaar. Black Santa has helped around 500 charities so far.
The Black Santa is a tradition first started by Dean Crooks in 1976, who dressed in his black Anglican cloak and was coined ‘Black Santa’ by the then press. He was out in full regalia last night during the Night Time Bazaar.
The Cathedral’s first foundation stone was laid on the 6th September 1899 on the site of the original Church of St Anne (1776). The iconic Spire of Hope was erected in 2007 and was added because the soft ground or sleech, on which the Cathedral was built, could not withstand the extra weight of a traditional tower.
The Night Time Bazaar proved very popular and there were lots of visitors perusing all the stalls which contained arts, crafts, food, drinks and general nick nacks. This was the second event presented by Little Fox.
There are many events being held at the Cathedral in the run up to Christmas and I will attend one or two. Please try and support the Cathedral as, I believe, funding is critical (hence they charge for admission).