Reindeer parade

HE S famed for his work documenting Exmoor s elusive stags. But local wildlife television personality Johnny Kingdom got up close and personal with a different variety of deer when Donner, Blitzen - and of course Rudolph - made a flying pre-Christmas visit to Barnstaple

HE'S famed for his work documenting Exmoor's elusive stags. But local wildlife television personality Johnny Kingdom got up close and personal with a different variety of deer when Donner, Blitzen - and of course Rudolph - made a flying pre-Christmas visit to Barnstaple last week.

Johnny joined Santa and his reindeer, Mayor of Barnstaple Sue Haywood and Barnstaple Youth Marching Band in a traditional parade that was enjoyed by hundreds of shoppers.

The parade - organised by Barnstaple Town Centre Management and Green Lanes Shopping Centre in association with Stagecoach - helped set a magical Christmas scene as it weaved its way through the town on route to the Pannier Market, where it joined young carol singers from Ashleigh Primary School.

n Fans of Johnny can watch a one-hour Christmas special on Friday (28) on BBC Two at 8pm. The programme, Johnny Goes To Scotland, is all about Johnny's antics at Aigas House, in Scotland, earlier this year.


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And following the success of his hit series Johnny Kingdom: A Year On Exmoor, he told the Gazette that filming had now finished on the second series.

"The new 10-part series is due to be aired in the spring," he said.

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"We have been working extremely hard and I'm sure that you will find it just as entertaining as the first.

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