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Looking for a Santa couple


AN unusual ‘Sits Vac” that might appeal is being offered for a Santa and Mrs Claus at the Kent Life at- traction near Maidstone. The popular attraction at Sandling


has started its Christmas list early by advertising for two people to star in its grotto over the festive season. Reindeer-flying experience is not essential, but an authentic “ho-ho- ho” and a love of Christmas is desir- able. Santa Claus will also be expected to pose for photos, build an instant rapport with young families and hand out gifts, while staying in character andwearing his red suit. Kent Life’s general manager Na-


talie Cox said:“We are looking for a confident gentleman with twinkly eyes, a kind and jolly nature and a love of all things Christmassy to bring our grotto experience to life!” Aided by a team of elves, Mrs


Claus will also be spreading Christ- mas cheer by inviting youngsters to make their very own ginger bread men in the “cosy woodland kitchen”. The roles are fixed-term contracts


from November 27 to December 24. Applications should be in by No-


vember 5. For more information, contact Hollie Bourne at Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU or email hbourne@kentlife.org.uk.


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Rescued Lily finds TV fame and happy home


LILY’S moving story has been broadcast on Channel 5’s Dog Rescuers programme, recounting her dramatic recovery since being saved from the roadside in Maid- stone by a couple from Yalding. As well as rescuing the starving lurcher, John and Hazel Catt have now provided her with a loving, life-long home. John remembers swerving to


avoid the dejected bundle by the kerb in Woolley Road, believing it to be a pile of rags. However, on closer inspection, it became clear that the bundle was, in fact, the emaciated lurcher who had collapsed in the busy street. He remembers thinking shemust


have been hit by a car, but it was her hunger and wounds on her face, back and tail that had taken their toll. The retired farm manager (69)


and his wife Hazel (67) bundled Lily into a blanket and took her to the RSPCA centre at Leybourne. Mrs Catt said: “She was so weak


she couldn’t even stand up. We scooped her up and she was shak- ing and very cold.


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Left - Lily at her new home with John and Hazel Catt, who rescued her from the roadside.


Below - Lily weak and emaciated when she was found.


“The vet said if she’d been left


there overnight she probably would have died.” Four months on, that chance meeting has had the happiest of endings. Now in her new home in Yald-


ing, Lily loves hiding slippers, sleeping and playing with her dog- gie pals. While still timid with strangers, she iswell on theway to regaining her lost confidence and now has a strong bond with her owners.


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