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Snowman Stars in Ashton's Christmas Countdown

Press Release: 18/11/2021

 

SnowmanCHRISTMAS is coming early to Ashton town centre in the shape of the Snowman™, the Snowdog, cartoon and TV characters, and even Santa Claus himself.

The Snowman™ – a much-loved feature of the festive season since 1982 when Channel 4 commissioned an Oscar-nominated animated film based on Raymond Briggs’s 1978 book – will be at the market on Saturday, 4 December, meeting and greeting people at intervals from 11am with his friend The Snowdog.

Ashton Town Team have arranged a visit by Father Christmas and there will be some community stalls too.

The same day is Small Business Saturday when people are encouraged to shop at independent retailers.

To celebrate, the markets team and town team have been working with students from Tameside College who’ll be offering delicious seasonal and Caribbean food prepared by catering and hospitality students from 10am and promoting the new Christmas menu for The Restaurant at Tameside One.

Children can get their hair braided or face painted by hair, health and beauty students, and business students will be running a tombola with lots of great prizes.

Further fun will be provided by Hyde Fundraisers at Hyde and Ashton markets on Saturday, December 11, and Saturday, 18 December. Watch out for well-known characters from television and films.

Following work with Tameside Markets in September, the group have donated 140 selection boxes to be distributed to vulnerable children.

In addition, on Saturday, 27 November, Ashton will be hosting a special festive artisan market complete with a brass band and choir.

Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, said: “As you can see there’s plenty happening to attract shoppers into Ashton and Hyde in the run-up to Christmas.

“Please come into town to take a look and shop local. As well as characters like the Snowman™ who’ll have children spellbound you’ll find lots of bargains and ideas for presents.”

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