A MILNSBRIDGE man who entertained thousands of children as Santa Claus has died.
Brian Morton passed away aged 69 at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on July 21.
He regularly performed as Santa Claus for children in Huddersfield and the Colne Valley from 1994.
Mr Morton was born in Milnsbridge on April 16, 1939, and went to Crow Lane School.
He was called up for National Service in May 1960. Mr Morton, who was an apprentice electrician at the time, joined the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Corps.
He was stationed in Hanover near the Cold War frontline during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
Mr Morton was one of the last people to complete his National Service when he finished in November 1962.
He qualified as an electrician and went on to work for T W Broadbent’s and the BBC.
Mr Morton and his wife, Joan, were married on May 4, 1963. The couple have a son, Adam, and two grandchildren.
In later years Mr Morton performed as Santa Claus at schools in Huddersfield and the Colne Valley.
Mrs Morton said: “He absolutely loved playing Santa and he would go wherever he was asked. He was a very jolly person and he was the right size for Santa as well. He liked a laugh and a joke.”
Earlier this month Mrs Morton received an MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace for her service to the Huddersfield community over the past 40 years. This has included work with Beaver Scouts, Sunday schools, Victim Support and as a school governor.
Mr Morton’s funeral service takes place at St Mark’s Church in Longwood on Fridayat 10.30am.