sexta-feira, dezembro 22, 2006

um natal espiritual


Santa dies at children's party

A man dressed as Santa collapsed and died as he handed out presents at a children's Christmas party.

Andrew Robertson became ill as excited youngsters were being given their gifts.

The 82-year-old was taken to a side room, still in his Father Christmas suit, and attempts were made to revive him. But when medics arrived, he was pronounced dead.

Mr Robertson, from Dundee, had played Santa for several years at the city's Broughty Castle Bowling Club's Christmas party, which is held for the grandchildren of members.

Ian Smart, the bowling club's secretary, said: "Andy was a father figure in the club who never had a bad word to say about anyone.

"One wee kid said 'how are we going to get our presents next week if Father Christmas is ill?' - they didn't understand what had happened."

Mr Smart said Mr Robertson had played an active role in the bowling club.

"He was well-liked and will be sorely missed," he said.

His brother Alister said he had complained about feeling hot shortly before he collapsed on Sunday afternoon.

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