A five-year-old Hatton Adventure World regular has officially opened Santa’s Grotto in memory of her hero soldier dad.
Rosie Lamb, whose father Martin died in 2011, kick-started the festivities as part of Hatton’s commitment to Forces Support.
The national charity helps the families of service personnel killed in the line of duty.
The attraction will offer free tickets to families supported by the charity, giving the children the chance to meet Father Christmas and choose a gift to take home.
Melissa Lamb, Rosie’s mother, has worked closely with the group for the past three years.
Forces Support helped arrange for her house to be decorated after her husband died.
“After the death of my husband, the only place I felt safe was my house,” she said.
“The magnolia walls reminded me of the Army quarters we had lived in together so I hired a painter and decorator to brighten the place up. Unfortunately he caused a lot of problems so I contacted Forces Support for help.
“They listened to what I wanted, helped to decorate my home and even created a memorial area in our garden where Rosie and I can share stories about Martin.
“We owe such a lot to Forces Support and I’m thrilled Rosie was chosen to open the grotto.
“It will hopefully bring some joy to children being supported by the charity.”
Hatton owner Arabella Arkwright said: “Forces Support is a fantastic charity which really helps those who have lost a family member in the most tragic of circumstances.
“We look forward to welcoming children like Rosie to Hatton across the festive period.”
Hatton’s festive attractions include live reindeer, a living nativity display, a wise men falconry show and Christmas shows.