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  • Bradford garden centre celebrates the magic of Christmas with the Salvation Army band

    An award winning Bradford garden centre will launch its Christmas season with an evening celebration featuring the Bradford Citadel Salvation Army band next month.


    Tong Garden Centre’s annual Christmas celebration evening will take place on Thursday, October 10, from 5pm until 9pm, with the band entertaining visitors between 5pm and 8pm.


    Visitors will be welcomed with a free glass of wine and home-made mince pies until 6.30pm and will get 15% off during the evening. There will also be a free prize draw to win £100 worth of Tong Gift Vouchers plus a festive afternoon tea for two.


    Commercial Director Sharon McNair said there was an overwhelming response from visitors to the centre’s Celebration of Christmas event last year.


    “It was wonderful to see Tong full of people keen to see our much-awaited Christmas displays and being inspired by this year’s festive themes as well as our extensive range of gift ideas to suit all pockets.


    She added: “Christmas at Tong always used to be a special occasion and still creates a real sense of nostalgia. We know many people come from miles around to experience the magic of Tong at Christmas and we’re excited to launch this year with even more amazing festive themes and a magical experience for all the family to look forward to.


    “We’re delighted that the Salvation Army band will be playing throughout the evening, as there’s nothing like a traditional brass band to herald the start of Christmas.”


    Visitors will also be able to book tickets for a 30 minute interactive experience that includes a magical journey to see Santa in his Grotto. Tickets costs £12.95 per child and £9.95 for children under 12 months, except for the opening weekend on 16th and 17th November, when pre-booked tickets are £10.95 and £7.95 respectively. You can book online at www.tonggardencentre.co.uk


    All of the concessions at Tong will be open until 9pm and the restaurant will be serving supper until 7pm.


    Tong Garden Centre is one of Yorkshire’s biggest garden centres with 110,000 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 1,000 cars.