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7th February 2017 - Press Release

Port of Dover White Cliffs Christmas - a resounding success.

The numerous people, perhaps as many as 100,000, who visited the historic Cruise Terminal One building for the first ever Port of Dover White Cliffs Christmas event during its eight-week duration from November 2016 to January 2017 have been very generous in their feedback.

The event hosted a real ice rink, a Christmas Market, Christmas workshops, food & drink concessions, music, entertainment and Father Christmas in his grotto.

The ice rink was the star of the show with 14,846 people getting their skates on and taking to the ice during the public sessions. In addition to this, 999 school children had exclusive sessions on the ice as well as Local Brownie Groups, Dover Rugby Club and Dover SmArt project’s young carers. Father Christmas greeted over 1360 delighted children in his magical Station Platform Building Grotto during the festivities.

Local companies provided all of the food and drink concessions. These included the wonderful Cockles & Co Champagne Bar, Riverside Catering, Hits the Spot French Crepes, The Street Pantry, That Burger, The Candy People and Simply Ice Cream, all supplying local produce from Kent.

Crowds were kept entertained with performances from the superb wartime singing duo Swingtime Sweethearts, Kent’s Michael Bublé tribute Jason Allen Sway and live music from local band Rudy Warman and the Heavy Weather. They were also treated to amazing ice dances from professional skaters Alexandra, Elliott and Edward Appleby. The youngsters from local dance troupe KC’s Dancers also received a warm reception from the crowds as they performed their lively dance routines.

The Port of Dover team was extremely grateful to the local sponsorship support for the event which was received from; E. J. Dittons Electrical Contractors, P. Summers & Sons, Charlier Construction Ltd, Megger Ltd, W. Enterprises, YMS Travel, Dover Transport Museum, Signscope Ltd, Dover Christmas Trees, Harbour Print, PowerHire UK, Cloke Scaffolding, Megger instruments Ltd. Along with RBS Bank, Moto Hospitality, Jackson Civil Engineering and DFDS Seaways who provided their record breaking Lego Ship for the official opening of the event on the 19th November.

Port of Dover Chief Executive, Tim Waggott said: “I am thrilled that our first White Cliffs Christmas event proved to be such a remarkable success for the entire local community, putting Dover firmly on the map as a destination for festive family fun. The event was almost entirely resourced by local companies, producers and entertainment ensuring that our economy received the maximum benefits.

“Along with local residents, people attended from all over the country as well as some day-trippers from France.

“The traditional English Christmas theme was particularly well received by visitors and concessions as a refreshing change from the more customary German themed markets that have previously been popular in other destinations.

“Event feedback was overwhelmingly positive from both visitors and concessions, and as a result of these successes I really hope to make the White Cliffs Christmas an annual festive tradition for Dover in the future.”

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