One of Newry’s most celebrated actors Tony ‘RISER’ Smith has spoken out about his ‘deep displeasure’ and ‘profound sadness’ after the Buttercrane Shopping Centre passed on him after he auditioned to be one of Santa’s Elves this year.

Santa who visits the Buttercrane every year for the local children to have a photo taken needs Elves and an open audition was held in which Tony was unsuccessful.

A spokesman for Buttercrane told us:

“While we think Tony is an excellent method actor I think he is perhaps too intense to be a Santa Elf. We asked Tony to do a piece for us and chose to do a murderous scene from the Sopranos that scared the fuck out of us so we don’t want him breaking out of character while talking to Santa’s kids. We wish him well though for the future.”