John is an inspiration to everyone he meets, no matter what hat he’s wearing! For the last 30 years, around Christmas, its usually a Santa hat as he is Father Christmas to many, many children. He has been donning his robes for several generations of children, and despite his Geordie accent has convinced many of them that he is Santa Clause himself.
John does this voluntarily, he wants to make children happy. On top of this he does great work for charity in and around the community, nothing is too much trouble.
To be recognised as a local hero would be a very humbling experience for John, because he often puts himself last and everyone else first!