Welling church welcomes real penguins for Christmas bazaar

PUBLISHED: 11:44 11 November 2010

Humboldt Penguins

Humboldt Penguins


Penguins will be replacing reindeers at a Christmas Bazaar with a difference.

Reverend Kim Aston

Reverend Kim Aston of St Mary the Virgin church in Wickham Street, Welling, will be welcoming a pair of real South American Humboldt Penguins close up at the bazaar tomorrow, November 12, from 7 until 9pm, and Saturday from noon until 3pm.

Named after the cold water current they swim in, which in turn is named after explorer Alexander von Humboldt the penquins will get up close to residents during the event,

Churchwarden Gavin Jackman, said the penguins are being supplied by a company which provides animals for films and adverts. He said: “Everyone has reindeers these days - even garden centres - so we thought we would stand out. If there are anymore penguins in Welling, I would be surprised. As they are from South America, they can’t get too cold.”

The event will also include stalls, including crafts, games, a Thomas the Tank Engine ride, gifts, raffles, Father Christmas, jewellery, toys, china and glass and a grand draw.

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