Red noses ready to sniff out reindeer?

December 05 2016

EAGLED-EYED readers may have started to notice shop windows in Fishponds have not only been trimmed up - many have a visiting reindeer.

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EAGLED-EYED readers may have started to notice shop windows in Fishponds have not only been trimmed up - many have a visiting reindeer.

It is part of this year's festive Reindeer Trail and boys, girls, mums and dads are being encouraged to pick up an entry form and see how many of the creatures they can find.

Answers will be entered into a special draw with some fabulous prizes up for grabs.

Most reindeers will have been put in place by December 1 and will be displayed until December 31.

This year's event has been organised by hair stylist Mandy Hoyle who works at Anthony James, with the help of Jackie Emery-Adams, from Ambertone Health and Beauty.

Mandy said: "There will be 40 reindeer in windows from the Fire Basket right up to the Kingfisher Cafe. Each one has a number and people can fill out on entry forms where they've seen the reindeers. There will be a special reindeer with some presents which is up high and that's the one people will be especially looking out for.

"Entries will all be entered into a draw and then in January we will have a special event at the New Moon pub where we invite the winners to pick up their prizes."

Entry forms can be obtained from Anthony James, the Kingfisher Cafe and the Card Shop in Fishponds.

Mandy said: "It was a great success last year with lots of people taking part. The main aim is to get people to realise what they have on their doorstep here in Fishponds. If you are out walking or shopping, taking part in the Reindeer Trail might make you notice shops that you may not have noticed before. It's a community event, aimed at bringing the community together and having fun."

Mandy said she has been "overwhelmed" with how many traders wanted to get involved and the number of prizes donated by local businesses. These include chocolates; gift vouchers from Anthony James, Grounded, Fabio barbers, Ambertone and the Kingfisher Cafe; a Manchester City football kit from Doug Hillard; a snooker cue in a case from World Snooker Services; a voucher for a group of four for Cheeky Monkeys; a 5ft teddy from the New Moon and two adult tickets for Noah's Ark. 

Fishponds Voice publisher Gary Brindle has donated five toys vouchers each to the value of £10.

More prizes are expected to be donated in the coming weeks.