Cash campaign aims to bring Grandfather Frost to town
THE Pop Up Penzance group has joined forces with local theatre company Mercurial Wrestler to create a Christmas Grotto in Peasgoods this year.
Tomorrow, they will launch a Crowdfunder campaign, one of 20 projects nationally to compete for a special promotion package.
The aim is to be the project to raise the highest percentage of its target on that day.
The film the group has created to promote the campaign tells the story of Grandfather Frost who, for reasons unknown, has had to move house just before Christmas.
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He has been seen wandering the streets of Penzance, closely followed by a large polar bear, in search of an empty space to locate his Christmas Depot.
Thanks to Pop Up Penzance, he will set up his depot in the old Peasgoods store, and will bring all sorts of magic with him, included wish-filled firecrackers, glittering icicles, aurora borealis stored in the cellar, candy cane-covered fir trees, fireplaces with stockings, and, of course, North Polar Bear.
Pop Up Penzance and Mercurial Wrestler must now raise £1,800 to fund the setting-up of Grandfather Frost's Christmas Depot.
Becca Gill, of Mercurial Wrestler, said: "We do need the money to pay for actors, equipment and materials in order to transform an empty shop into a place of Christmas magic and wonder.
"On Friday, if possible, but also at any time in November, go to www.crowdfunder.co.uk, find Grandfather Frost's Christmas Depot, and pledge as much as you can, so we can bring him to Penzance this Christmas."
Rachel Martin, of Pop Up Penzance, added: "Even if you haven't used it before, the site is very easy to use, and we will welcome any and all donations. There are also thank-yous and rewards for all our donors."