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Sidcup sparkles at Christmas festival

PUBLISHED: 13:26 14 December 2015 | UPDATED: 13:26 14 December 2015

Father Christmas Picture Credit: Derek Hope

Father Christmas Picture Credit: Derek Hope

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Money was raised by the Rotary Club of Sidcup

Father Christmas turned out last week for the Sidcup Sparkles Christmas Festival last weekend.

On Saturday, crowds turned out for the annual event, while Father Christmas met the people of Sidcup.

Throughout the day, visitors had the chance to meet penguins as well as visit a Christmas market amongst a range of stalls.

The free festival lasted from 10am to 4pm, where the winner of the Tree-mendous Christmas Tree decorating competition was announced.

Sand art, a tombola and balloon modelling were all drawing crowds for the popular festive event.

During the day, the Rotary Club of Sidcup gave Father Christmas his own mobile tracking device, so children can track his position as he delivers presents over the month.

The club were also fundraising on Sidcup High Street during the festival, where they raised more than £12,000 last year.

Club president, Norman Hamblyn said: “We are so pleased to be organising this event again. It is an important part of our fund raising calendar, brings joy, not only to the children buy our own club members who turn out every year whatever the weather.

“The sleigh is lit up and Christmas music is played.

“Santa will be there with a cheery wave for everyone and sweets for the children.

“A huge number of charities in the borough, nationally and internationally will benefit from the donations.”

People can track Father Christmas over the month on this website www.rotaryclubofsidcup.org/christmas

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