Collier Row Christmas lights event is a cracker

Collier Row was full of festive cheer at its Christmas event on Friday last week.

The Come as yourself, leave as an Elf event was organised by the Collier Row Community Group and supported by Havering Council.

Children visited each Elf station to get a different part of their Elf outfit, before meeting Santa and graduating as an official Collier Row Elf - complete with a free photo.

They had to make a hat and badge, put bells on their toes and create a Christmas bag before graduating.

The tree lights were switched on by Havering Mayor Cllr Lynden Thorpe.

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Collier Row Church Choirs and the Clockhouse School Choir entertained the crowds.

There was also face-painting, animals from Wellgate Community Farm and entertainment from Havering Majorettes, circus performers, a fairground a salsa dance display, and prize for the best decorated shop.

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Cllr Robert Benham, cabinet member for community empowerment, said: ”I can’t believe the number of people who turned out for this event; we had lots of children wanting to graduate as Elves.

“Everyone had fun and the entertainment was great, there was something to suit everyone. I think this has been a real success.

“This Christmas event encouraged residents to their local high street and support local businesses.”

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