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School's out for the Lord Mayor’s festive party

GIVING: Darren Kabateate, from The Orchards Primary Academy, receives a gift from Santa

IT’S THAT time of year when Birmingham’s seat of power has to make way for an even greater force – Father Christmas and his band of hard-working elves.

For a few important hours, the banqueting suite within the city’s historic Council House in Victoria Square becomes an all-important venue for the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Party, where scores of local school children come prepared to
chat with Santa.

This year was no exception as almost 200 excited youngsters queued for their precious few minutes with Father Christmas, clutching their carefully written letters containing their Christmas present lists. Not surprisingly, smartphones seemed to feature highly, along with X-Boxes and PS4s, although dolls were still popular with many of the girls.

The children found that Santa was worth waiting for as everyone emerged with a gift and a few words of wisdom on what to expect on December 25.

Pupils from Birchfield School, Aston; Birches Green Junior School, Erdington; Ley Hill, Northfield; The Oaks, Druids Heath, and The Orchards Primary Academy enjoyed the party, which had the theme of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

To pass the time as they waited patiently, there was plenty of jelly and ice cream and heaps of sandwiches to help the party go with a swing.

Lord Mayor Carl Rice said:

“How lucky are we that Santa has come to Birmingham. The sheer joy on these children’s faces will live with me forever.”

Following the party, Santa then set off on a walk around Birmingham’s Christmas markets, starting with the Craft Market in Centenary Square before meeting people at the Frankfurt Christmas Market, which this year for the first time will run right through Christmas until December 29. Santa also visited the fundraising team at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, which he raised money for during his visit.

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