Santa moves into grotto in Rugby town centre

Freddie Francis, Kelly Macie Marie Francis, Kelly Marie, Father Christmas (Mark Furber of the Rotary Club of Rugby), two Rugby Rangers and Richard Avery, president of the Rotary Club of Rugby
Freddie Francis, Kelly Macie Marie Francis, Kelly Marie, Father Christmas (Mark Furber of the Rotary Club of Rugby), two Rugby Rangers and Richard Avery, president of the Rotary Club of Rugby
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Rugby town centre welcomed Santa this weekend as he took up residence in his magical grotto in the old Julian Graves store in the Clock Towers Shopping Centre.

The grotto, organised by Rugby First Rangers, the Rugby Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs, will be open on Saturday December 13 and from Thursday 18 to Tuesday 23 December, between 10am and 4pm.

There will be a charge of three pounds to meet Father Christmas, with all money going towards local charities ‘Dogs for Disabled’ and the ‘Bradby Club’. Little ones can also bring their letters for Santa and post them in a special post box.

Aftab Gaffar, the managing director of Rugby First, said: “The grotto always proves extremely popular and attracts hundreds of people into the town centre while at the same time raising valuable funds for local charities.

“Rugby town centre has some great shops offering a unique range of Christmas gifts for friends and family. I would encourage everyone to support their town centre this Christmas by shopping local. Don’t forget also to build time into your shopping trip to enjoy some food and drink from the many pubs, cafes and restaurants that Rugby has to offer. A very Happy Christmas to all.”

Visit www.rugbytowncentre.co.uk for more information about events and parking in the town over Christmas.