Peppa Pig starts Christmas countdown

By Tim Clarke Monday 19 November 2012 Updated: 20/11 10:52

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CHILDREN'S favourite Peppa Pig brought a smile to the faces of hundreds of youngsters at the big switch-on of a shopping centre's Christmas lights.

Families packed out CrownGate Shopping Centre to catch a glimpse of Peppa Pig and brother George who helped to launch the festivities on Thursday (November 15).

The cartoon characters met with their adoring fans throughout the afternoon before joining competition winner Matthew Griffiths, five, who pressed the button to illuminate the centre.

Erica Burlace, CrownGate centre manager, said: “It was wonderful to see so many families here in the centre, meeting Peppa Pig and George and enjoying the festive atmosphere, especially our lovely lights switch-on winner Matthew, who was a joy to host."

Earlier thousands of people had packed out the High Street to enjoy the festivities ahead of the city's main Christmas lights switch-on.

The drum-beat of the Samba Santas kept the crowds entertained until the Mayor of Worcester Coun Roger Berry was joined by Stanley Road Primary School pupils Molly Telfer and Hafsa Shafqat in pushing the plunger to start the city's countdown to Christmas.

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