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RAMPING UP THE CHRISTMAS CHEER AT LONGBRIDGE

Longbridge residents, businesses and visitors are being invited to get into the Christmas spirit in style when the Christmas Market comes to town on 10th December.

The market, which will take place at Longbridge Town Centre between 9am and 5pm, is being organised by the Friends of Longbridge Open Spaces initiative (FLOS), a pilot project facilitated by Longbridge Public Arts Project (LPAP) and supported by regeneration specialist St. Modwen.

During the event, visitors will be able to buy gifts from over 24 stalls, including local street food sellers, candles, scarves and jewellery and beauty products and creative gift wrapping, whilst enjoying family entertainment and music from local carol singers.

Sprinkling a dusting of magic, Santa’s Grotto will also take pride of place in the Town Centre, where children will be able to present their Christmas lists to Santa in person and pick up a gift, whilst Sytner Birmingham will also be hosting a festive raffle in aid of Barnardo’s, with the chance to win a Mini for the Christmas period.

Andrea Clarke, Property Manager at St. Modwen, said: “We’re really excited to welcome the Christmas Market back to Longbridge.

“With Christmas well and truly on its way, it’s the perfect opportunity for people to get into the festive spirit and tick off those Christmas lists, with a variety of retailers already at the town centre, plus unique gifts and food from the festive market.

“Brought together by the FLOS pilot project, the Christmas Market is an excellent example of local community events in Longbridge, and one we very much hope will be carried on in years to come by the local community on behalf of all who live, work and visit the area.”

Once the site of the former MG Rover plant, Longbridge is being transformed by St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, through a £1 billion regeneration project. £300 million has been invested to date, delivering hundreds of family homes along with shops, eateries, offices, the £66m Bournville College, Longbridge Technology Park and the three acre Austin Park. Work is also well underway on the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM) Accommodation Building, whilst Longbridge Retirement Village is due to open in 2017.

For more information on Longbridge town centre, people are advised to visit the Longbridge Life website at www.longbridgebirmingham.co.uk/life. Alternatively, people can contact the Longbridge Helpdesk on 0121 222 5554 or by emailing longbridgehelpdesk@stmodwen.co.uk