Romford shopping centre calls on Havering’s artistic youngsters to Deck the Malls this Christmas

PUBLISHED: 11:00 31 October 2017

Amelia Johnson, mayor cllr Linda Trew and centre manager Jonathan Poole pin the bauble to the tree

Amelia Johnson, mayor cllr Linda Trew and centre manager Jonathan Poole pin the bauble to the tree


Havering’s budding young artists are invited to enter a special Christmas competition that could see their work displayed at the borough’s biggest shopping centre.

Amelia Johnson and mayor cllr Linda Trew unveil the bauble Amelia Johnson and mayor cllr Linda Trew unveil the bauble

The Liberty Shopping Centre’s Deck The Malls competition sees pupils from Havering primary schools design their own Christmas bauble to adorn the Romford shopping mall’s Christmas tree.

All the borough’s schools are invited to take part, with the top 10 designs shortlisted by the Mayor of Havering, Councillor Linda Van den Hende, after the competition deadline of November 6.

Councillor Van den Hende, said: “I have admired the beautifully designed baubles on the Christmas tree at The Liberty for many years now, so it is an honour to be invited to shortlist entries this year.

“Havering is a borough bursting with extremely creative youngsters, so I look forward to seeing the designs.”

Amelia Johnson's winning bauble design Amelia Johnson's winning bauble design

The top 10 designs chosen by the mayor will then go head-to-head in a public vote in the Recorder, with people able to cast their vote via email, social media or in centre.

The winning design will be recreated as a giant bauble that will be the focal point of The Liberty’s festive decorations, with the winner’s school being invited to sing at an unveiling ceremony at the shopping centre attended by the Mayor.

The winner and a group from their school will also be invited to a special reception with the Mayor in early December, where they will visit her parlour and enjoy tea and mince pies.

Jonathan Poole, centre manager at The Liberty, said: “We can’t wait to kick start the festive season with our ‘Deck The Malls’ competition, it’s always extremely popular and really helps to spread the Christmas cheer.

“Every year we see such a high standard of designs and it’s extremely difficult to select a winner, that’s why this year we have recruited the help of the Mayor of Havering and the people of Romford – via the Romford Recorder – to help us pick the winner.”

Do you know a school that may be interested in taking part? Email or contact the customer services team on 01708 746529 to register your interest.

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