Christmas grotto can play songs after boost

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A GROTTO will be filled with festive carols thanks to a donation to cover the cost of the music licence.

Volunteers who run Leigh Park Christmas grotto were told they needed a £208 licence to play music.

Julie Clarke, one of the grotto’s volunteers, approached The Southern Co-operative Funeralcare in Leigh Park, where she works as a funeral co-ordinator, to see whether it could offer support.

She said: ‘I know that The Southern Co-operative has a desire to support their community which is why I asked if it could help with the licence.

‘It was only too pleased to help. Having carols playing is the icing on the cake for such a lovely community-run grotto.’

The grotto, which was opened by mayor of Havant Marjorie Smallcorn, is open Thursdays to Saturdays from 10am to 4.30pm until December 23.

The grotto’s vice-chairman Michael Crockford said: ‘The support from The Southern Co-operative Funeralcare to pay for the music licence is much-appreciated.’