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78-year-old man reunited with Santa letter he wrote as a boy

David Haylock wrote a note to "Father Christmas" in 1943 and tucked it into his chimney. Seventy years later, construction workers found it.
/ Source: TODAY

It may have taken more than seven decades, but Santa finally came through with the items a British man wished for as a boy.

David Haylock was only 6 when he wrote a note to "Father Christmas" in 1943 and tucked it into the chimney of his family home. Last week, construction workers renovating the house discovered the note. They tracked down Haylock, now 78, with the help of neighbors and social media.

David Haylock and his wife, Carol, and the letter he wrote to Father Christmas when he was a boyAndrew Matthews / PA Wire via AP

In addition to returning the note to Haylock, the construction crew also delivered items he asked for on his wish list, including a box of chalk, toy soldiers, slippers, a silk tie, a pencil box and “any little toys you have to spare.”

Haylock laughed at the items on the list.

“I think I was rather precocious in asking for a silk tie,” he told the BBC.

Man reunited with 60-year-old Santa's letter. David Haylock (centre) and his wife Carol are given presents by builders (back row left to right) Lewis Shaw, Scott Elvin, Miles Shaw and Richard Shaw who found a 60-year-old note he wrote to Father Christmas stuck in the chimney of the house he grew up in. Picture date: Friday December 11, 2015. See PA story SOCIAL Letter. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire URN:25014155Andrew Matthews / PA Wire via AP

"I'm sure this wasn't the only one, but I can remember bending down with my mother and putting it up the chimney ... and waiting for the draft to take it up," Haylock said of the letter. Its discovery came as a huge surprise to him and his family.

“My grandchildren, they were amazed," he said. "Of course, they don’t do notes to Father Christmas. They send him an email.”

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