Ilford’s Exchange offers ‘urban’ Christmas to shoppers

Spin the giant Christmas decks this festive season or get a personalised phone greeting courtesy of MC Joe Jas at Ilford’s only shopping centre.

The Exchange, High Road, launched its festivities last week with a distinctly urban feel thanks to performances from Santa’s Dance Crew.

Choreographed by Ash-Lee Rowan from Sky One’s Got To Dance, the dancers spun, flipped and somersaulted to the astonishment of shoppers.

The urban theme will continue this month as visitors spending �40 or more will get the chance to spin a giant disc to win more than �3,000 worth of prizes.

Children will also be able to wrap and decorate their gifts and Ilford MC, Joe Jas, will also be recording free personalised answerphone raps.

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Manager Marc Myers said: “We decided that it was time we provided a more contemporary interpretation of Christmas.

“Street dance, rapping and urban culture are very much part of the mainstream and we wanted to create a Christmas theme that mirrored our multi-cultural community.

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“We are also offering decoration making sessions and will have Santa and Mrs Claus visiting the centre every weekend.”

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