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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Animals go in two by two to Cumbrian fancy dress

DECIDING what to wear to a party can be difficult, especially if it is fancy dress.

And children heading to a do in Longtown were set an especially tough challenge – they had to dress up as two animals, at the same time.

The town’s Barnardo’s Sure Start centre on Mary Street held a ‘mixed-up animals ball’.

Julie Fletcher, the centre’s boss, explained that the event was designed as a non-scary alternative to Halloween for under fives.

“At this time of year we just want to give a different kind of focus,” she said.

She added that often the very young don’t enjoy Halloween because they find many of the ideas frightening.

Because of this the centre always holds an alternative event absent of anything with a spooky connection.

The theme changes every year. The idea of mixed up animals was decided on after the centre ran through ideas with parents.

“A lot of the families coming along have had access (to the centre) for a number of years, this is just a way of keeping things fresh,” Ms Fletcher said.

For information about the centre and the activities it runs call Julie Fletcher on 01228 792130.

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