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Thousands of people celebrate Concourse Centre Christmas launch

Jake McKichnie, Luke Marsden, Councillor Vickie Cummins Mayoress of West Lancashire, Santa Claus, Councillor Noel Delaney, Mayor of West Lancashire, Lucy Thomas, Concourse Xmas 2018

Thousands of shoppers and families turned out to welcome in the festive period at the Concourse Shopping Centre in Skelmersdale this weekend.

As well as the switching on of the Christmas lights and tree, Father Christmas and his helpers also returned to the shopping centre last Saturday (December 1), while entertainment included a fabulous set from Lucy Thomas, finalist of The Voice Kids 2018, and Jake McKechnie, who appeared on the 2017 series of The Voice Kids. Disney princesses also performed on stage and roamed around the centre to meet shoppers.

Performances from community groups and local school choirs helped to keep everyone in the festive mood throughout the day, while Luke Marsden, presenter at local radio station Wish FM, was compere. And the facepainters and glitter bar were also kept busy all day, with constant queues from people wanting to add some sparkle to their faces.

One lucky girl also won a Santa Sleepover at Gulliver’s World in Warrington after she wrote a letter to Father Christmas and posted it in the postbox in the shopping centre. Kate Regan, aged nine and from Skelmersdale, collected her prize on stage and will enjoy her prize with her parents and seven-year-old sister Sophie.

Gary Mitchell, centre manager, said: “We had such a great time, welcoming everyone to the centre to launch Christmas. We spread the cheer throughout the Concourse so that everyone was able to enjoy the entertainment, wherever they were. It was great to connect the Concourse with the local council for the event and we loved seeing how busy the Youth Zone was with all the activities and refreshments.”

Anyone who took an elfie selfie can look out for their photographs on the Concourse Facebook page: Facebook.com/ConcourseShoppingCentre

Jennifer Burnett of Concourse Centre (centre) with Lucy Thomas and Jake McKichnie

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