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Belsize Christmas show tinged with sadness as Nazanin's husband Richard gives update on her plight in jail

PUBLISHED: 16:26 12 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:42 12 December 2018

Belsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. outside Budgens. Richard Radcliffe gives an update during a speech as the crowd remember Nazanin at Christmas. Picture: Polly Hancock

Belsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. outside Budgens. Richard Radcliffe gives an update during a speech as the crowd remember Nazanin at Christmas. Picture: Polly Hancock

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Richard Ratcliffe addressed crowds at Belsize Christmas Show, as he approaches the third festive period since his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed in Iran.

Belsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. outside Budgens. Meeting Santa, Marli McConville (6) with Santa aka former Cllr Johnny Bucknall. Picture: Polly HancockBelsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. outside Budgens. Meeting Santa, Marli McConville (6) with Santa aka former Cllr Johnny Bucknall. Picture: Polly Hancock

He has spoken to attendees at the Christmas event outside Budgens supermarket in Haverstock Hill every year since she was arrested at Tehran Airport in April 2016.

On Saturday he gave an update on Nazanin’s situation, and how she was coping while in Evin prison.

There was also a visit from Santa as Jonny Bucknall, former Tory councillor for Belsize, donned the suit once again to greet families.

Bollywood Company dancers wowed fans, and were sponsored by Nicky Patel of the nearby BP garage. Neighbours also performed a version of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales.

Belsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. outside Budgens. The Belsize Divas, featuring Robert Maclean as Edward Elgar with soprano, Erica Scimado. Picture: Polly HancockBelsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. outside Budgens. The Belsize Divas, featuring Robert Maclean as Edward Elgar with soprano, Erica Scimado. Picture: Polly Hancock

Linda Grove, of Belsize Lane, said: “Sadly, this is the third Christmas that Richard has come to talk to us and still Nazanin is separated from her family.”

Belsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. outside Budgens. A reading of A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas was performed by John Gunsell (8), Sebastien Rees-Hill (9) and Barry Ewart. Picture: Polly HancockBelsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. outside Budgens. A reading of A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas was performed by John Gunsell (8), Sebastien Rees-Hill (9) and Barry Ewart. Picture: Polly Hancock

Belsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. outside Budgens. Conservative councillors become Santa's elves, from left Cllr Oliver Cooper, Cllr Maria Higson, former Cllr Leila Roy, Cllr Steve Adams and Santa aka former Cllr Johnny Bucknall. Picture: Polly HancockBelsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. outside Budgens. Conservative councillors become Santa's elves, from left Cllr Oliver Cooper, Cllr Maria Higson, former Cllr Leila Roy, Cllr Steve Adams and Santa aka former Cllr Johnny Bucknall. Picture: Polly Hancock

Belsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. outside Budgens. Performers and organisers from left, Bridge Fazio, Erica Shimado, Richard Radcliffe, Kenteas Brine, Annie Ward and David Dinnell. Picture: Polly HancockBelsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. outside Budgens. Performers and organisers from left, Bridge Fazio, Erica Shimado, Richard Radcliffe, Kenteas Brine, Annie Ward and David Dinnell. Picture: Polly Hancock

Belsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. outside Budgens. The audience join in with the Bollywood Dancers. Picture: Polly HancockBelsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. outside Budgens. The audience join in with the Bollywood Dancers. Picture: Polly Hancock

Belsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. outside Budgens. The Bollywood Company dancers sponsored by Nicky Patel of the BP garage. Picture: Polly HancockBelsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. outside Budgens. The Bollywood Company dancers sponsored by Nicky Patel of the BP garage. Picture: Polly Hancock

Belsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. The Bollywood Company dancers. Picture: Polly HancockBelsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. The Bollywood Company dancers. Picture: Polly Hancock

Belsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. MC Kenteas Brine. Picture: Polly HancockBelsize Christmas Concert 08.12.18. MC Kenteas Brine. Picture: Polly Hancock

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