Aldershot retailers have donated over 80 prizes toward the Aldershot town centre Christmas prize draw.

Gifts donated by shops and businesses throughout the town centre include: a Christmas hamper from Marks & Spencer; Ethel & Eddie - a pair of teddy bears to commemorate the "Centenary of the Teddy Bear" from Inspirations; crystal glasses, footballs, a tennis racquet, video's, DVD's, make-up kits, a huge Crayola set, cuddly toys, chocolates, dolls, miniature cars - the list goes on and on.

"The generosity of Aldershot's retailers is simply fantastic," said Aldershot's Town CentreManager, Jennifer Rawlings. "They really come into their own when they choose to support events in Aldershot and this Christmas is no exception."

She added: "Never before have we had so many prizes given to us and the Christmas draw is free to enter. All people have to do is complete the entry form within the Aldershot Christmas Festival programme. Copies are available from many of the shops in town. Then put your completed form into the letter boxes provided near the escalators in both The Galleries and The Wellington Shopping Centres."

The draw will take place on Saturday, November 30, straight after the town centre Christmas lights are switched on at 4pm in Union Street. So long as they are in the crowd, the first four names called out will win the cash prizes of £100, £75, £50 and £25.

The 80 prize winners will be notified by the Aldershot Town Centre Management team, Lynne McNally and Jennifer Rawlings, and arrangements made for winners to collect their prizes.

Miss Rawlings added that she was "over the moon" with the support given by so many and wants to let everyone know who was able to support the town centre Christmas Festival in Aldershot this year.

"In addition to the prizes, many other businesses also gave money to help fund the Christmas lights, festival programme and everything that makes Aldershot a great place to be this Christmas," she said.

Those businesses include: ABC Cinema, Aldershot Regeneration Partnership, Aldershot Sports Company, Barbels Flowers, Barley Corn, Bateman's Optician, Boots the Chemist, Be Wise, Carmichael's Dry Cleaners, Castle Estate Agents, Charlie Bubbles Framing, Centre Antiques, Charters Peugeot, Concorde Models, Cotton Traders, Domestic Appliance Centre, Dressing Up Shop, Edgar Jerome, Emberson & Co, ETC Communications, Eye Society, Fletcher & Co, Football World, Ford Mears & Co., Foster Wells Estate Agents, The Galleries, The Gorge Café, BM Graham's Jeweller's, Gomma's Hair-dressers, Halifax Property Services, Henry Du Bora, Herrington and Car-michael, solicitors, His Hair, HSBC Bank, Hush Puppy, Iceland, Inspirations, Jersey Bakery, Julian Graves, Just Cuts Hair Salon, Kart Klub, Kitchen Kiosk, Macari's Café, Marc Lawrence Estate Agents, Masterflor, McDonalds, Milletts, Parkers Estate Agents, Perks Furniture, Pet Emporium, Redwoods Estate Agents, Retail Action Group, Romans Originals,Pet Room, Rotronic Interconnections, WH Smith, Suits You, Superdrug, Thornton's, Toy Zone, The Games Shop, The Wellington Shopping Centre, Wellington Camera's, Woolworth's and XS Music.

"It is hardly surprising to hear people say that Aldershot is on the up and up when so many businesses are ready to support the town and make sure that shoppers, once they get here, feel welcome," concluded Miss Rawlings.

Loads of prizes will be won by shoppers who enter for the free prize draw at Aldershot. You can pick up entry forms at many shops in the town and post them in boxes by the escalators. The draw will be made this Saturday, Nov 30.