Reward offered for return of Rudolph’s bell

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Luton’s very own award-winning Santa Claus is hoping a missing Christmas prop will ring a bell with our readers.

Ron Horniblew, 78, who lives in Barton Hills, is a former champion at the World Santa Games, and dons a tailor-made suit worth £1,000 and a beard he purchased for £500.

But it is the 1.5-inch bell on Rudolph’s collar, pictured, which is the current cause for concern after it was taken from The Warden pub in Barton Road over the festive period.

Ron said: “I was doing Breakfast With Santa and took my model reindeer down and put it by the Christmas tree. Kids – and adults! – were sitting on it and having photos taken.

“A waitress said people were really enjoying it so instead of taking it home I left it there Christmas Eve and when I came back a few days later I found someone had pulled the bell off and taken it.”

Ron, who is one of only two Santas in England who has been authorised by Santa Claus of Greenland, is now offering a £20 reward in the hope of getting the bell returned.

He added: “Rudolph is missing it. I don’t know what the reaction will be next year on the sleigh if we don’t get it back. It might put him off and there might not be any presents delivered.”

If you can help call the newsdesk on 01582 798510.

> Ron visited 15 homes on Christmas Day raising £3o0 in donations for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

He also offers training courses for new Santas. See for more details.