Mayor axes party, and helps kids in care

4:30pm Thursday 13th December 2012

By Ben Leo

Town hall chiefs have cancelled their Christmas drinks and are using the funds to organise a party for children in care.

Mayor of Brighton and Hove Bill Randall had originally arranged with his council colleagues to meet for a festive party this week.

But in the true spirit of Christmas, he has cancelled the drinks and instead organised a yuletide celebration for more than 130 local children in care or in foster homes.

The party at the City College restaurant in the AMEX Stadium tomorrow (December 14) will feature kids’ entertainers, singers, dancers, food, table tennis and a climbing wall.

Mr Randall said: “I won’t be getting involved in the climbing wall but I am going to have a cameo in a Father Christmas costume.

“I just thought in this current climate it would be appropriate to do something for other people and putting on a party for local children in care is a good idea.

“The kids, carers and foster parents will be entertained with performances from the great Brighton Youth Choir, a young local breakdancer who is very good and children’s entertainers.

Celebration

“It’s a good opportunity for the children to enjoy themselves this holiday and for the carers and foster parents to have a well deserved celebration.”

Mr Randall said he wasn’t yet sure how much the party would cost but it would definitely not cost any more than the original town hall shindig.

He added: “City College have been very generous in their support and help with organising the party so I must thank them and everyone else involved.

“I look forward to Friday and hope everyone has a great time.”

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