‘MIND the gap’ was the message from these smiling kids as they met Santa Claus at Cardwell Garden Centre.

There were no prizes for guessing what the youngsters told Santa they wanted for Christmas when they met up with him.

Just like the famous festive song, they told him that all they want for Christmas is two front teeth.

Bosses at the centre in Gourock had invited a dozen youngsters, who had two front teeth missing, to meet up with Santa at their Grotto, which is now open every weekend until Christmas Eve and on weekdays from November 27.

Cardwell’s retail general manager Paul Carmichael said: “We thought it would be fun for the youngsters to be able to tell Santa they wanted their missing two front teeth back for Christmas.

“We had an amazing response when we asked for people to send us photos of their kids with missing front teeth.

“We had more than 80 pictures sent in to us.

“Santa’s elves in his dentistry workshop are certainly going to be busy in the run up to Christmas making all those teeth if every youngster is to get their wish!”

Cardwell has also organised a Breakfast With Santa, which includes a breakfast meal, hear a story from Father Christmas, a carnival ride and a personally-labelled gift from Santa. 

These events are taking place between 10am and 11am every Saturday and Sunday from November 25 and also weekdays running up to Christmas December 21 to 24.