Last week crowds of youngsters gathered on Ha’penny Pier to greet St Nicholas as he was welcomed ashore by Harwich mayor Charlie Powell. The merry onlookers braved the rain to greet the figure dressed in traditional red robes, complete with shiny white beard, who was bought to land by Harwich RNLI lifeboat crew. Tendring Brass Band played Christmas songs, to get everyone into the festive spirit.

Image courtesy of Harwich and Manningtree Standard.