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| WHAT THE DICKENS: Huddersfield town centre retailers staged a Dickens of a Christmas welcome at the first of three late-night shopping events. Staff at several stores, including Wheatley Dyson, pictured, and Peters, donned Victorian costume and welcomed shoppers with free coffee, sherry and mince pies. Other attractions in the town centre included music from Scissett Youth Band, carols from the choir of St Barnabas' ' Church, Crosland Moor, and a visit from Father Christmas. Many stores were taking part in the late-night opening. Shoppers were also able to get free tickets with numbers corresponding to prizes on show in shop windows in the town.

(hudtmc181212dickens) | FUN AND GAMES: It was party time for nearly 100 children at Colne Valley Leisure Centre. The sons and daughters of members of the Independent Order of Foresters in the Huddersfield area had team games, a disco and a visit from Father Christmas (hudtmc181212colnevalley) | PIRATE KING: Mark Norman and his motley crew were swashbuckling their way across stage in an ambitious college show which involved falling from cliffs and swinging from ropes.

Mark and the crew were students at Huddersfield New College and had chosen the Broadway version of Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance for their annual production. The show ran for three nights with about 100 students taking part in total (hudtmc181212pirates) | PARTY TIME: Kirkheaton's support group of the Huddersfield Hospice Appeal made sure their Christmas fair at the New Road United Church was a cracker. Afternoon tea and a tombola helped to boost the amount raised.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 2, 2013
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