Santa service for pet store

Bridget Pitman Brand, owner of Market Rasen Pet Centre, who's helping Santa for the tenth year running by delivering pets on Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day, with local children (clockwise) Alexander Riley (eight), Natasha Montague (eight), Archie Richardson (eight) and Mia Richardson (10).
Bridget Pitman Brand, owner of Market Rasen Pet Centre, who's helping Santa for the tenth year running by delivering pets on Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day, with local children (clockwise) Alexander Riley (eight), Natasha Montague (eight), Archie Richardson (eight) and Mia Richardson (10).

For the 10th year running, a Market Rasen pet shop has been enlisted by Santa himself to deliver pets on Christmas Day.

Market Rasen Pet Centre is a traditional, independent pet shop at the heart of the high street that has been serving the community for 12 years.

Owner Bridget Pitman Brand says she was contacted by a rather distraught Santa several years ago, who was having trouble taking good care of the pets and completing all his other important tasks for Christmas.

“He sounded quite frazzled,” said Bridget, with a twinkle in her eye.

“He said looking after pets is a big job, especially in the North Pole, but it was so important children woke up to find their presents on Christmas Morning - not before.

“So he asked me if I would look after the pets in my shop right up until Christmas Eve, and deliver them for him.

“What else could I say but yes?”

And she’s delighted Santa has called upon her again this year to offer this special Christmas service to Lincolnshire families, and all for the same delivery charge as any other day of the year.

“Pets are delivered safe and snug, already in their cages, huts or tanks,” added Bridget.

Parents with girls and boys that are definitely on Santa’s Nice List - and Bridget confirms that this means children who promise to care for their pet forever, not just for Christmas - are invited to call the Market Rasen Pet Centre on 01673 844711 by the first week of December to arrange a special Christmas Day Delivery of their pet.

Delivery charges range from £1 within Market Rasen to £2 for the outlying villages and up to £5 for Lincoln and Grimsby.