VIDEO: Santa tries out tractor power on Bute nursery visit

Everyone on Bute knows it’s sensible to have a back-up in place in case your travel plans go wrong - and, as we found out on a visit to Apple Tree Nursery in Rothesay on Friday, that’s something Santa knows all about too.

Instead of using his reindeer and sleigh to visit the pre-5 children at the nursery in Mackinlay Street, Santa decided that just in case Dasher, Donner, Prancer, Blitzen and co aren’t well on Christmas Eve, he’d better rehearse his Plan B - namely Rothesay resident Archie Stewart and his tractor and trailer.

Santa Claus and Mrs Claus with their chauffeur Archie Stewart on their way to Apple Tree Nursery in Rothesay on Friday.

Santa Claus and Mrs Claus with their chauffeur Archie Stewart on their way to Apple Tree Nursery in Rothesay on Friday.

The entourage, complete with twinkling fairy lights, rolled in to the nursery to be greeted by a gathering of excited children at the gate - and after a chorus of Jingle Bells from the children, Mr and Mrs Claus were welcomed into the nursery to hand out Christmas gifts to all the youngsters present.