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January 25 2016.

Santa worked hard throughout December bringing joy to all the boys and girls, but now he has disguised himself to live amongst us throughout the rest of the year by removing his lovely beard.

During the interval of 'Jack and the Beanstalk', at the Barn Theatre, Seaford, on Saturday, the best Sussex Santa returned to his inconspicuous alter ego, mechanic 'Robert Horscraft' until the next festive season.

Because of Robert's snow white hair and real beard, which takes him four months to grow each year, children always stop him in the street, even when dressed in normal clothes, to talk to him about Christmas - and he always obliges by slipping into his 'Santa' persona.

A much-loved Grandad of three, talking to children comes easily to the Seaford resident and he helps out at dozens of charity events in the winter season, including supporting Seaford Rotary collect thousands of pounds for charity on their annual 'Sleigh Ride'.

The Shave Santa event has so far raised £300 for Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors to host a fabulous Just Because party for children who have suffered an illness, such as cancer, or bereavement or trauma, and give them magical memories to help through harder times.

Just Because parties are also supported by Children With Cancer (Polegate), Teddy Treats Children's Charity, Bob's Retro Market and the Builders Club, Seaford. The shave was handled expertly by the owner of Seaford's Shortcuts Barbers, Darren Reader.

You can still donate online at: and watch the moment Santa lost his beard at -