A Tealby teenager has seen the fruits of his work experience week come to life.
Year 10 De Aston student Oliver Spivey spent a week last October at Shoeless Joe, a wholesale gift company based in Lincoln.
While he was there he was asked to design some tin figures for Christmas 2014.
“I thought it would be cool and unusual to design a skate-boarding Santa, as well as a Santa with a jet pack,” said Oliver.
Staff at Shoeless Joe were so impressed with his designs, they arranged for samples to be manufactured in time for the International Spring Fair.
And last week, the 15-year-old, who was 14 at the time of the work experience week, travelled to the NEC at Birmingham to see his products go on sale.
Orders for the unusual Santas have flocked in and the figures will be fairtrade manufactured in the Philippines over the next few months.
And there will be at least one local stockist of Oliver’s designs.
“I am so proud of his achievements and will be stocking the items in my own gift shop,” said his mum Lisa, owner of Attica Design in Tealby.
Spurred on by his early success, Joe has now confirmed his desire to pursue a design-based career.