Barnsley Council bans fundraising taxi driver Dave Leonard from wearing his Father Christmas beard due to health and safety

Council bans fundraising taxi driver from wearing his Santa beard
‘Ho-ho-ho! Where can I take you?’ (Picture: Tom Maddick/ / SWNS)

A jolly taxi driver has had his plans to dress up as Father Christmas scuppered after the council told him he couldn’t wear his fake beard while on the job.

Dave Leonard, 43, wanted to get into the spirit of the season by donning a Santa outfit to raise money for the hospice where his mother died.

After decking his cab out with lights, baubles and dressing up as the St Nick, the Grinch Council in Barnsley, South Yorks told Mr Leonard he couldn’t wear his beard as it would obscure his face and wouldn’t match his ID card.

Although put out by the harsh ruling, Mr Leonard said he ‘understands’ why the rules have to be so strict.

Taxi driver David Leonard of Barnsley who has hit out after being told he can't wear his santa beard when driving thanks to Barnsley Council's mad Elf and safety regulations. For copy see RPYSANTA: A taxi driver who wanted to dress as Santa to raise money for charity has been banned by a council - because the BEARD would break health and safety laws. Big-hearted Dave Leonard was stunned when the council said ho-ho-no way to his distinctive festive whiskers. He had acquired a Father Christmas suit to collect cash for Barnsley Hospice, South Yorks. Tom Maddick/
Dave Leonard, minus the beard (Picture: Tom Maddick/ / SWNS)

‘But the one thing I thought they would allow was Santa’s beard. I have had to grow my own, which isn’t as good. Mine is dark,’ he said.

The charitable cabbie raised £765 last year with only a collection bucket, however this year he hoped his antics would pull in £2,500 over the festive period.

Councillor Roy Miller said: ‘Barnsley Council fully supports Mr Leonard in his fundraising efforts, and congratulates him on the amount of money he has raised previously for good causes.’

‘Safety of the public is our paramount concern,’ he added.

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15 November 2014 | 10:36 am – Source:


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