Blue Plaque at St Anne’s will honour first Black Santa

By karen

The late Dean Sammy Crooks, Belfast's first Black Santa.

The late Dean Sammy Crooks, Belfast’s first Black Santa.

Dean Sammy Crooks, Belfast’s first Black Santa and a man ‘who touched the heart of Belfast,’ is to be honoured by a Blue Plaque at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast.

Dean Crooks, who died in a road accident in 1986, staged his first Christmas Sit-out for charities in 1976, establishing a tradition continued by all his successors.

The Blue Plaque, to be erected by the Ulster History Circle, will be unveiled at the West front of the Cathedral in Donegall Street, Belfast, on Friday December 12, when the present Dean, the Very Rev John Mann, will begin the 38th annual Sit-out.

Dean Crooks’ son Sam Crooks will unveil the plaque, which commemorates a man who had the Cathedral and the City of Belfast in his heart. It is funded by Belfast City Council.

Samuel Bennett Crooks was born on January 20 1920 in Killough, Co Down, where his father was rector. He was educated at Down High School, followed by studies at Trinity College, Dublin, leading to his ordination as a priest in the Church of Ireland.

After a period serving as Dean’s Vicar and Vicar Choral at St Anne’s Cathedral, he was instituted as rector of St …read more

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