Epsom winner in competition to switch on the Christmas Lights #EpsomLights2012 @Epsom&EwellBC
14th November 2012
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NATASHA Grace, aged eight, from Auriol Junior School has won the chance to switch on Epsom's Christmas lights with the Mayor and Father Christmas after winning a poster competition.

The Christmas lights will be switched on in the Market Place, Epsom at 5.30pm on Thursday, November 22.

Natasha designed the best festive poster of Epsom Market Place at Christmas and was crowned the winner for the competition for girls and boys aged 5-11. 

In addition to switching on Epsom's Christmas lights, Natasha will also receive a framed copy of her poster and a goody bag.

The activities at the Market Place will start from 4pm and will include a Santa's Grotto in the Clock Tower, an ice skating rink, live music, children's rides, magicians, face painting and the chance to meet the characters from this year's The Night Before Christmas at Epsom Playhouse. 

Around 200 children will be able to enter Santa's Grotto and the £3 entry fee goes to MERU, an Epsom based charity that designs and provides bespoke equipment for children and young people with disabilities. 

The ice skating rink will be open from 2pm and will cost £3, which includes skates hire, and the session will last for 20 minutes.

Christine Long, Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, said: "Congratulations to Natasha and well done to everyone who took part in the festive poster competition. We received plenty of very creative and imaginative posters and it was a tough decision choosing the lucky winner. 

"It is an honour to switch on the Christmas lights and a great chance for everyone to get together to celebrate the countdown to Christmas. 

"We would all like to thank The Best of Epsom and Ewell for sponsoring Santa's Grotto in the Clock Tower and a special thank you to the cast from the Night Before Christmas who will be taking time out of their busy schedules at the Epsom Playhouse to help us kick-start Christmas and get everyone in the mood for the big day."

Article and picture from Abe Hawking at thisissurreytoday

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