CHRISTMAS has been saved at a Paisley garden centre ... thanks to an online campaign by Twitter fans.
There was outrage among Twitter users when they heard there would be no Santa’s Grotto at Dobbies in Paisley this year because it is due to close on December 31.
Staff at the Hawkhead Road store had apparently cleared a space and set up the grotto, ready for the busy Christmas period – but bosses ordered staff to take it down.
Now, after a campaign on Twitter, Dobbies bosses have agreed to bring Santa back for one weekend only.
Angry mum Maura Currie used Twitter to say: “Paisley has the only Dobbies in the UK without Santa, thanks to head office.”
Through the social media website, she urged chart-topper Paolo Nutini, telly designers Colin and Justin and local groups to urge Dobbies to bring Santa back to the store.
Twitter user Paisley Photographs posted a message to Dobbies head office which read: “Why did you get staff to tear down Santa’s Grotto in front of children? Shocking!”
And Brian McGuire, who runs the Paisley.org website, added: “Please bring Santa to your Paisley store for one last sleigh ride.”
A spokeswoman for Dobbies told the Paisley Daily Express they had received e-mails from customers who were upset at the lack of a Santa’s Grotto in the Paisley store.
Craig Turner, area manager for Dobbies Garden Centres in Scotland, said: “We value our customers’ opinion very much and we’d like to thank everyone in the community for their feedback.
“We’ve listened to our customers and, as a result, we’re delighted to welcome Santa to our Paisley centre on Saturday, December 3, and Sunday, December 4.
“Dobbies at Paisley will now be hosting a free festive family event over a weekend where children can meet the big man in red and receive a gift.
“We hope to add some festive cheer for our loyal customers at Paisley ahead of our scheduled closure on December 31.
“If you cannot make it along next weekend, Dobbies Braehead is hosting a variety of events, including Santa’s grotto and local community performances.”
A total of 32 workers are to be made redundant or offered the chance to relocate elsewhere within the business when the store closes at the end of December.
Bosses blamed a lack of custom after the new Dobbies superstore opened at Braehead retail park in February this year.
The closure will bring an end to almost five decades of the site operating as a garden centre.
Dobbies has run the centre for 11 years. Prior to that, it was owned by the Findlay Clark group and, before that, it was privately owned by Paisley man Peter Jackson, who opened it in the 1970s as Dykebar Garden Centre.