Garden centre Santa online fight to win role back

Dobbies Ayr garden centre Santa Andrew Bryden has launched an online petition, accusing Dobbies of implementing a new festive strategy without proper consideration.

Bryden, who has previously been Santa in Dobbies' grotto but did not win the role this year, complained that Dobbies Ayr general manager John Paterson has "abruptly dispensed with my services" without any written reasons.

The petition is called 'Please Reinstate Dobbies Wonderful Father Christmas'.

Paterson, said: "As a responsible employer, our recruitment process is an open and fair procedure where we advertise and then consider all appropriate applicants for the role.

"We’ve hired the most suitable candidate for our Ayr grotto this year who we believe will give all our children and families visiting Santa the best and most magical Christmas experience."

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