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Monday, August 3, 1998 Published at 21:39 GMT 22:39 UK


The student santas

"How to grow a beard" will feature as part of the course

It will be one of the more unusual courses on offer next term.

From 8 September, Weston College in Weston-super-Mare will be offering training to budding Santa Clauses.

The course, Father Christmas Training, will run for two hours every Tuesday evening for an eight-week period.

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It's official
Topics to be covered include "growing a beard" and "how to deal with children".

The course prospectus sets out the reasons for the course being set up.

"The traditional role of Father Christmas helps make the season a magical one for children," it says.

"We would like to contribute to this by training people specifically for this role, thus returning to the spirit of yesteryear."

Tuition fees

Course fees are £42, and all those signing up for the course must first be vetted by the police.

A spokeswoman for Weston College said: "The course will be run by a professional Father Christmas, who came to us with the idea of Father Christmas training.

"At first there was a lot of laughter, but then we realised what a good idea this was.

"We've already had one inquiry from a man who plays Father Christmas at a large store in Bristol every year."

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