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The winners of the 2022 Mayor’s Christmas Card competition were announced live on the main stage at the Preston Christmas Light Switch On, which took place on Saturday 19th November on Preston’s iconic flag market.

Over 2,000 local school children entered the competition which was sponsored by Preston-based sales and lettings agent Guildhall Sales & Lettings in partnership with Preston BID, with pupils from up to 88 primary schools invited to take part.

Following hours of deliberation, Mayor of Preston, Cllr Neil Darby and head of residential sales at Guildhall Sales & Lettings, Chris Dale, agreed on a winner of Zaynab Shah, second place went to Jack Parry and third place to Emilia Hunt Flynn.

Prizes for the winners included a framed award certificate and a picture of the winning card; 25 cards and envelopes for family and friends; and local shopping vouchers.

Following the announcement, the general public now have the opportunity to purchase the three winning Christmas cards from The Harris Library, the Preston North End Club shop and from the Guildhall Sales & Lettings’ branch on Blackpool Road, with proceeds going to The Foxton Centre.

The Foxton Centre is a Preston-based charity with a long history and strong commitment to working in the local community with both adults and young people, providing support, safety and resources to those in need.

Chris Dale, Head of Residential Sales at Guildhall Sales & Lettings, said: “We are extremely proud to have sponsored the Christmas Light Switch On, as well as the Mayor’s Christmas Card competition in partnership with Preston BID.

“All the entries into the competition have been fantastic and it was great to have the three winners on stage with us at the Light Switch On. Well done to everyone who took part.”

Mayor of Preston, Cllr Neil Darby, said: “I’ve been blown away with the response to the competition, we had nearly 2,000 entries and we had a tough time choosing. I’m happy to say that the winner was Zaynab Shah from Kennington Primary School, second was Jack Parry from Queen’s Drive Primary School, and third Emilia Hunt Flynn, also from Queen’s Drive Primary School.”

Mark Whittle, Preston BID Manager, said: “The Foxton Centre provides vital services in Preston and we are proud to have helped to raise money for such an important charity. We’ve had a superb night here at the Lights Switch On and hope all the lucky winners had a fantastic night on stage!”

Alongside the Mayor’s Christmas Card competition winners announcement, the Preston Christmas Light Switch On included a star-studded night of entertainment including TV and Eastenders legend Sean Williamson (Barry) with his World Cup themed Barrioke, multi-platinum selling and Brit-award nominated artist Kenny Thomas, as well as pop sensation and TikTok star Junior Andre.

Also on stage was Britain’s Got Talent’s Soldiers of Swing, Preston’s Street Monkeys, Retro City Orchestra, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sarah Davies, Russ Brown’s UV Puppet Show, Santa and Buddy the Elf.

Guildhall Sales & Lettings are one of the leading letting and estate agents in Preston, with their team boasting an extensive amount of experience in property management in the Preston area. You can get in touch with them by emailing [email protected] or by calling 01772 769999.

For more information on Guildhall Sales & Lettings, visit their website: https://www.guildhallsales.co.uk/



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