No reindeer, only swans and moorhens to escort Santa Claus, as he arrived in Yiewsley by barge on Saturday.

Scores of people lined the banks and climbed on to the parapet of Colham Bridge to get a better view as Santa slowly chugged to the quayside on a boat full of children, bringing Christmas cheer to the town centre.

After disembarking, Santa walked up to the High Street to his grotto, ready to meet all the eager children and give each one a Christmas gift.

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Video by Alan Hayes