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Sidcup Christmas Festival

PUBLISHED: 10:32 24 November 2011

Pupils from Merton Court School who will be singing at the Sidcup Christmas Festival pictured with Mike Lowe, vice chairman of the Sidcup High Street Promotions Group, with Chris Price in the wheelchair. Picture by Kent Photonews-Sidcup.

Pupils from Merton Court School who will be singing at the Sidcup Christmas Festival pictured with Mike Lowe, vice chairman of the Sidcup High Street Promotions Group, with Chris Price in the wheelchair. Picture by Kent Photonews-Sidcup.

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A school has donated £5,000 to help get Sidcup in the Christmas spirit after the council was forced to slash its funding for festive decorations.

Merton Court School in Knoll Road, Sidcup, donated the money after Sidcup traders already raised £4,000 themselves.

The festival is due to take place on Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December, 10 around Sidcup and will include an ice rink outside the Portrait Pub in Main Road, stalls, fairground rides, on both days at approximately 11am until 4pm. The library in Hadlow Road is also set to host Punch and Judy as well as a face painter, on both days.

Teacher at Merton Court School, Chris Price, said: “We wanted to support the hometown of the school which has been in Sidcup since being founded in 1899, and we think that Christmas is a time for our boys and girls to enjoy their festive shopping so what better place than Sidcup?”

Speaking for the traders, Mike Lowe from the Sidcup High Street Promotions Group said: “This is a very welcome gift from Merton Court School. The singers from the school have been a prominent attraction over the last few years, singing in the shops and on the pavements, and we are pleased they will be supporting us again this year. Now we shall be able to have all the attractions that we had planned for the festival.

“Rather than cutting back we will be giving shoppers a good time and increasing what we have to offer. With all the talk of doom and gloom, Sidcup is increasing footfall. There are several new businesses open. Shops are staying open later on December 9th, and kids will be pleased to know that the popular Rotary Santa and his elves will be on the High Street on December 10 from 11am until 3.30pm.

“We shall also have a jazz band, street entertainers including a magician. Shoppers will be able to vote for the best dressed windows.”

The Christmas lights are due to be switched on this Sunday (27).

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