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Cinderella kick starts Christmas 21.11.11

Christmas has arrived on Sutton High Street with Father Christmas, Cinderella and friends bringing a bit of festive sparkle to shoppers' weekends.

Lilly Collins, 6 and Cinderella, and the cast of the Secombe Theatre’s Cinderella pantomime

Santa joined Mayor of Sutton Gerry Jerome to light up the Christmas tree in Trinity Square last Thursday 17 November, with entertainment from local school choirs, SCOLA and the borough's youth theatres. The lights switch on was followed by a night of festive food, music and mulled wine on Friday 18 November.

The stars of Secombe Theatre's Cinderella, including real Shetland ponies, helped to turn the High Street into a festive wonderland on Saturday, and lovable characters Poppy the Penguin and friends were spreading the Christmas spirit throughout the day. Shoppers were entertained by performances from The Shimmy Sisters, Star Steppers and Mishmak Youth Theatre.

Youngsters from across the borough joined in the festivities by entering a contest to decorate the tree's baubles. Lillie Collins, 6, a pupil at Robin Hood Infants' School was crowned the winner and received four pantomime tickets plus a ride in Cinderella's carriage at Saturday's Christmas event.

Cllr Jayne McCoy, Executive Member for Planning, Economic Development and Housing at Sutton Council, said: "This is going to be a great way to kick-start Christmas in Sutton and get everyone in the mood in the run-up to the big day.

"With characters from our local pantomime ready to entertain younger residents, and a music evening for the young at heart, there's something for everyone, and plenty of extra reasons to visit Sutton town centre this Christmas."

Times Square's winter wonderland also opened at the weekend and Santa will be open for visits until Christmas Eve.  Chloe Simms, star of hit reality TV show The Only Way is Essex, launched the St Nicholas Centre's Giving Tree appeal, which encourages shoppers to buy a present for a child living in a local women's refuge over Christmas.

For more information about Christmas events and activities in Sutton, go to www.sutton.gov.uk

Last updated: Monday, 19 December 2011

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