Little ones get chance to take over town pub

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A pub is celebrating the countdown to Christmas by giving children in Melton the opportunity to take over Christmas for one day only – as well as free festive meals for kids.

The Welby Hungry Horse pub on Nottingham Road is searching for five local children to take charge of this year’s festivities, which will include decorating the Christmas tree, wrapping presents, and putting up the seasonal decorations.

As well as taking the starring role in their very own Christmas video, each lucky winner will also bag themselves an extra special treat just in time for Christmas – a £250 Toys R Us voucher for them to buy an item from their Christmas wish list.

The pub will also be celebrating the season of goodwill with a free Christmas meal from the new festive menu for every child who enters the competition.

Samuel Thorpe, general manager at the Welby, said: “Christmas time is all about giving, so this year we wanted to give five lucky children the opportunity to take charge of the season’s celebrations at our pubs, as well as offering free meals from our festive menu.

“From decorating the Christmas tree to icing cakes, we’ve got loads of fun and festive activities in store, so we can’t wait to see what Melton’s most creative kids come up with!”

To enter your child into the ‘Kidsmas’ competition for the chance to win the £250 prize, visit and explain in 100 words why you think they deserve to take the starring role at Hungry Horse this Christmas.

The competition is open to children aged between four and 10. The winning child will join four other winners from across the UK to take part in the Kidsmas video filming on Saturday 26 November at the Beekeeper Pub in Nottingham.