What’s Been Happening in Prescot This Christmas?

By on Thursday, December 19, 2013

Santa’s been busy in and around Prescot, Whiston and Rainhill this Christmas.

He made his first appearance at the Prescot Christmas Lights Switch-on in late November. Children got free choccies and a free photo with the jolly old man himself.

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Prescot Shopping Centre Grotto

He was back the following Saturday in his grotto at Prescot Shopping Centre, and he’s still there from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm every day until Saturday 21 December.

Donations for Making Space and Willowbrook Hospice totalled £263 in Santa’s first week in the mall.

“We are really pleased with this year’s Christmas Grotto,” said centre manager Loraine Blackhurst. “It is the first year we have had a charity grotto and we hope people come and support the organisations involved as well as paying Santa and his elf a visit.”

leyland_street_grottoLeyland Street Grotto

But one grotto was never going to be enough for the people of Prescot, and so Santa has had a second home on Leyland Street. He’ll be there for one last time from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 21 December, and all donations go to Willowbrook Hospice.

Rotary Sleigh

As if keeping up his two homes weren’t enough, Santa’s being doing the rounds on his sleigh this Christmas, courtesy of Rotary Club of Prescot.

He’ll do his final tour (North Whiston) tonight, Thursday 19 December, from 6pm to 8.30pm, and then he’ll park up at Tesco Extra, Prescot, for a few days (see schedule here).

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He’ll make time on Christmas Eve to visit Eccleston Street, too, from 9am to 1pm, before returning to Tesco in the evening.

Santa’s handsome sleigh was down to the skills of engineers from St Helens College. NVQ and diploma students worked on the project for six weeks.

Remembering Loved Ones

Willowbrook Hospice, Friends of Prescot Cemetery & Churchyard and Knowsley Cemetery all had Christmas trees of remembrance this year.

Below: Cllrs Terrence Byron and David Williams, Leader of Whiston Town Council and Mayor of Whiston, place a star on the tree at Knowsley Cemetery, Fox’s Bank Lane, Whiston, in memory of the dead in unmarked graves. WICH (Whiston Initiative for Cultural Heritage) planted the tree.

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Cllr David and Mrs Jackie Rigby, the Mayor and Mayoress of Prescot, dedicate the tree of remembrance on behalf of the Friends of Prescot Cemetery & Churchyard:

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There’s still more to  come! See What’s on This Christmas for more Prescot events.

Images: Prescot Shopping Centre, Jill Meechan,
St Helens College, Cllr David Williams, Tay Lawrence

One Comment

  1. Pauline Finn

    Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    It all sounds as if everything went off really well

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