Clark’s Little Ark, a family-run animal shelter in Sanquhar, held a magical Christmas evening last week, complete with a visit from Santa Claus himself.

From a sales table and tombola to calendars and a hamper, the shelter managed to raise an impressive £470.

Friends of the Ark and volunteers made the event what it was, and youngsters had a fantastic time putting in their present requests to Father Christmas.

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Although the weather didn’t hold up well – with many visitors having to brace themselves for harsh wind and rain – the night went without a hitch and everyone left feeling very excited for December 25.

Clark’s Little Ark owner, Alison Shankly, said: “Wow. What an amazing night.

“We couldn’t believe the turnout on such a wet night. It was lovely to watch all the children’s faces and the animals loved all the attention, too.

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“From the sales table, tombola, calendars, hamper which was won by Nathan from Brown Brothers and donations we raised £470 which is a fantastic amount and very much appreciated.

“Everyone seemed to have a good time despite the weather and there were lots of smiles all round.

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“Thanks also to everyone who took and shared photos, giving us more lovely memories to look back on.”