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  • Pupils invited to festive workshop to help write new grotto story

    Danielle Thompson

    TALENTED young writers from a Southport primary school shared some of their festive memories as part of a special writing workshop.

    Five schools in the North West have inspired the new story written by acclaimed author Mike Garry, including those at Shoreside Primary School on Westminster Drive.

    They helped to encapsulate the magic of Christmas with Rotherham-based writing charity Grimm & Co, to help Chill Factore in Manchester to create the first North West Christmas Tale!

    The story will be unveiled at a private reading by Santa at his real snow grotto at Chill Factore later this month, with the children in attendance.

    Children in year three shared their treasured memories of Christmas in the workshop which was led by a creative writer from Grimm & Co and created a piece of writing all about their experiences – from Santa’s snacks in each home, to his sleigh ride through Southport – no detail was amiss.

    Children were encouraged to share their own special traditions, as well as discussing what they associated with Christmas, making the tale unique.

    The short story created by Mike will be read out by none other than Father Christmas himself on the opening night of Santa’s Grotto at Chill Factore on Friday, November 16.

    Mike Garry said: “The ideas and stories we’ve had from the schools that have taken part are incredible – truly heartwarming to read! We are very proud of our heritage in the North West and I think it’s really special that our schoolchildren have such treasured experiences of Christmas. I am now in the process of putting all of our magical content together to create the final story, so watch this space!”

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