It is 44 years since Dean Sammy Crooks stood on the steps of Belfast Cathedral for the very first Cathedral Sit Out in 1976. Wrapped in his black clerical cloak, the press gave him the name which has stuck – ‘Black Santa.’
Dean Sammy Crooks – Belfast’s first Black Santa.
Five different Deans of Belfast have carried on the tradition, each year raising thousands of pounds which are given away again to support hundreds of local charities.
But for December 2020, with a the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the country, the current Dean of Belfast, the…