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Christmas spirit to sparkle at annual Collier Row festivities

PUBLISHED: 11:57 02 December 2016 | UPDATED: 12:15 02 December 2016

Collier Row's 2015 Christmas event. Picture: Andrew Berwick

Collier Row's 2015 Christmas event. Picture: Andrew Berwick

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as Collier Row’s annual festivities return to dazzle residents.

Fun at the Santa's grotto during the 2015 festivities. Picture: Andrew BerwickFun at the Santa's grotto during the 2015 festivities. Picture: Andrew Berwick

The Collier Row Community Group, which has been up and running for more than six years, has been hard at work putting together the festive spectacular, which will come alive today, from 4.30pm in the town centre.

Co-organiser Lesley Haylett said: “I am very excited. I’m looking forward to seeing the children’s reactions when it’s all finished.

“It’s a wonderful community event that helps to bring everyone together, ready for Christmas.”

From arts and crafts stalls and a snow machine, to reindeer and a magical Santa’s grotto, there will be plenty to see and do at this year’s Victorian-themed occasion.

Collier Row's 2015 Christmas fun. Picture: Andrew BerwickCollier Row's 2015 Christmas fun. Picture: Andrew Berwick

Performers from Kings Academy of Arts and Fitness, based at Bower Park Academy, will be dressed up head-to-toe in old-fashioned costumes for the 
day.

Chigwell Window Centre, Chase Cross Road, where Santa’s grotto will be based, has also made a £20,000 donation to the community group, which has been split between organising the Collier Row Carnival, held earlier this year, and the Christmas event.

Co-organiser Lesley is also raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and has built a pink castle covered with lights at the front of her home, with the decorations switched on by Havering Mayor Cllr Philippa Crowder on Monday.

Lesley added: “We think people will like the Victorian theme, because it is something a little different.”

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