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Santa’s reindeer bring the magic of Christmas to children in Salford

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Published by Becki Ord for IPB Communications in Communities and also in Housing

Jack Quinn, aged 10 (left) and Pharell Challoner, aged 10 (right), meet Santa and two of his reindeer, Bergan and Duuva, at Lark Hill Primary School Winter Festival. Jack Quinn, aged 10 (left) and Pharell Challoner, aged 10 (right), meet Santa and two of his reindeer, Bergan and Duuva, at Lark Hill Primary School Winter Festival.

Santa Claus and two of his reindeer paid a flying visit to a Salford primary school this week (Wednesday 4th December) to get the Christmas festivities underway.

Children from Lark Hill Primary School in Liverpool Street welcomed with open arms their very special guests Bergan and Duuva as they dropped in to the school’s annual Winter Festival.

All of the children were given the opportunity to get up close and stroke the reindeer and were treated to a gift from Santa, bringing the magic of Christmas to the local community.

The festive event was organised by Lark Hill Primary School with support from Pendleton Together, the organisation carrying out the £650 million regeneration of Pendleton.

James Blackwell, head teacher at Lark Hill Primary School, said: “The children were left wide eyed with wonder when they met Santa and his reindeer. They were delighted that Santa could take time out of his busy schedule to call in and join in the fun.

“As a school, we wanted to bring festive cheer and the gift of giving to our children and the community this Christmas. The children have created gifts to sell and any profit will go directly to the local food bank.”

Pendleton Together is a consortium made up of Together Housing, Keepmoat and Salford Council. Work is already underway on the project, which aims to breathe new life into the Pendleton area, see more than 1,600 new homes built and 1,250 existing homes refurbished.

There will also be huge changes across the community including new parks, open spaces and even a community farm.

Paul Hayes, Managing Director of Pendleton Together, said: “Lark Hill Primary School is located in the heart of regeneration area and plays an important role in the local community.

“We are delighted to support the school in creating its winter wonderland for the community to enjoy. It was also a great opportunity for us to meet local people and let them know how the regeneration of the area is coming along.

“For me this project is more than improving and building new homes for rent and sale, it’s about building stronger communities with a network of open spaces and amenities that local people can enjoy for years to come.”             

Following the launch of Pendleton Together in September, the project is well underway with construction of new homes already changing the landscape and work on the iconic tower blocks taking place.

The Pendleton One marketing suite, where people can find out more about buying a property, is located on Liverpool Street and is now open. The show home is due to open in the New Year. To find out more visit the website www.pendletonone.co.uk

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