Santa’s grotto expected to attract hundreds to Rugby town centre

Santa at the Christmas lights switch on
Santa at the Christmas lights switch on
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THE annual Santa’s Grotto will be returning to St Andrew’s Church again this year.

The ever popular grotto, organised by the Rugby Rotary and Inner Wheel clubs, supported by Rugby First, will be returning to St Andrew’s Church on Saturday 8 and 15 December, and from Monday 17 to Saturday 22 December.

Open from 10am to 4pm, with a nominal charge to include a present, hundreds of children are expected to descend on the town centre and meet Father Christmas.

In 2011 the grotto was snowed under when over 670 children visited and organisers are hoping to exceed that target this year, with all profits going to local charities.

Aftab Gaffar, Rugby First Operations Manager, said: “We are delighted to support the Grotto as it brings hundreds of people into the town centre and at the same time raises valuable funds for local charities. Customer feedback last year was excellent, many commenting on value for money and the quality of the experience, compared to that of the bigger shopping centres. As an added bonus visitors also made savings in time and fuel and felt good about supporting their local town centre.”

Aftab continued: “There’s a lot happening in Rugby in the lead up to Christmas. We have just had a very successful ‘Light Switch-On’ but I’d also like to remind shoppers that there is free car parking in all council operated town centre car parks, for the whole of November and December, after 3pm. The car parking scheme, is just one initiative, in the run up to Christmas, designed by Rugby First in partnership with Rugby Borough Council, to encourage people to shop local and support their town centre.”

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