Dean Sammy Crooks, aka Black Santa, outside St Anne's Cathedral

Dean Sammy Crooks, aka Black Santa, outside St Anne's Cathedral

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Details

Location

Belfast, Donegall Street

Year

1983

Source

Digitised as part of UTV digitisation project in 2018

Format

Betacam

colour

Length

02min 55sec

Audio

sound

Courtesy

UTV Archive

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

Dean Sammy Crooks, the first Black Santa was known as a person of determined character who would unapologetically approach people for money and, as a result, he was responsible for raising large sums for the cathedral, for overseas disaster appeals and, as has become a mark of the Christmas sit-out, vital contributions to local charities.

In this short news report, Black Santa is seen in action outside St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. 

Notes

In December 2014 an Ulster History Circle blue plaque was unveiled in his memory by his son Sam Crooks at the West front of St Anne's Cathedral in Donegall Street, Belfast.

Credits

Interviewee: Dean Samuel Crooks

Produced by UTV 

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