Christmas event set to be best yet

Bridlington Promenades'Christmas launch with the Town Council & local Businesses'PA1245-3'Cherie Fleming, Maria Kemper, Helen Ryman, Louise Leppington, Caroline Armitage, Richard Elley, Byron Hird, Micheal Charlsworth

Bridlington Promenades'Christmas launch with the Town Council & local Businesses'PA1245-3'Cherie Fleming, Maria Kemper, Helen Ryman, Louise Leppington, Caroline Armitage, Richard Elley, Byron Hird, Micheal Charlsworth

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PLANS for this year’s Christmas event in Bridlington are taking shape with businesses and organisations in the town coming together to make the event bigger than ever.

The event, which will feature an array of activities, entertainment and even some well known faces from the world of television, will be held at the Promenades Shopping Centre on Saturday December 15, from 11am to 4pm.

And it promises to be a real community effort with various businesses, organisations, groups and schools in the town joining forces to ensure its success.

Paula King, clerk to the town council has said a big thank you in advance to all those supporting the event.

“The event simply wouldn’t happen without the backing of people like Boyes manager Cherie Fleming, Promenades managers Maria Kamper and Byron Hird, Dave Vernon of Bridlington Lions, extended schools co-ordinator Kay Wardle, Andrew Aldis and his team at the Spa, and the Bridlington Town Councillors who provide the backbone for the event.”

For the first time ever people will be able to take part in a festive themed treasure hunt in the run up to the event with a top prize of £50 in cash up for grabs to the winner as well as a family ticket to the pantomime Beauty and the Beast at the Spa Bridlington.

Members of the public will need to collect letters displayed at participating retailers which will the be pieced together to spell out a well-known Christmas phrase.

The last day for entry is Saturday December 15 and entries can be dropped off at the Free Press Office, on Prospect Street or at the postbox in the Promenades Shopping Centre.

Entries should be on a postcard and please include your name, address and telephone number.

Stars from the pantomime, including original Big Brother winner Craig Phillips, CBBC’s Simon Grant and Ian Parkin from the Jonathan Ross Show will be going along to meet the crowds at the Christmas event from 11am to 1pm.

Bridlington Town Council will host fund-raising stalls with the Salvation Army along with town councillors selling mince pies donated by Boyes along with alcohol free mulled wine.

Choirs from the local primary and secondary schools, the Bridlington Girls’ Choir and Christian Carollers will also be entertaining the crowds throughout the day.

The Quayside Diner will be putting on a festive feast in the form of a traditional Christmas dinner at a special price to co-incide with the event.

Other activities will include entertainment from Yorkshire Coast Radio, Elvis impersonator Steve Caprice, and a variety of characters including Eryc and Eryca Bears, two seagulls, and a gingerbread man with members of the Michelle Hatton School of Dance helping out.

The day will culminate at around 4pm with a parade, led by town crier David Hinde, across Chapel Street to the Christmas tree on King Street, where the lights will be switched on, weather permitting.

A retail window display X-Factor style competition will be running throughout December and the winner, who will be chosen by public vote and a panel of judges, will be awarded a trophy on the day.

To enter a window into the competition complete the coupon and return it to the Free Press office, at 3 Prospect Street, Bridlington, YO15 2AQ by the closing date of Friday December 14.