A Christmas extravaganza is promised for fun-seekers attending a festive event in Handbridge.

Activities, which kick off at 5.30pm on Friday, November 28, include a circus skills workshop, face-painting, a Santa’s Grotto plus choirs and carol singers involving local schools.

There will also be traditional mulled wine and mince pies, a tombola, plus goodie bags for the children.

Much of the action will take place in and around local businesses including the forecourt of Handbridge Service Station. Proceeds on the night will be donated to the Deafness Support Network.

A poster competition was held to design a leaflet to promote the event which was won by Matthew McLean of Overleigh St Mary’s Primary School. Matthew is the lucky person chosen to switch-on the Handbridge lights, which takes place tonight (November 20), and open the following week’s Christmas event.

Cafes, shops and businesses are all backing the Christmas festivities. Funders include ward councillors Razia Daniels and Neil Sullivan, using their members’ budgets, with an application for Sanctuary Housing to match their pledge.

Also involved are Handbridge Community Association, Friends of Edgar’s Field and Chester Riverside Rotary Club.

Rotary chair Julie Rowland, said: “We have all joined together for this huge community event. There’s something for children and local residents and we are raising fund for the Deafness Support Network. We hope, year-on-year, to build it up so that one day it can be as good as Hoole.”

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