Pan stars hooked on wrap­ping

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Panto stars Re­becca Wheat­ley and Jenny Hux­ley-golden from the The­atre Royal’s Pe­ter Pan, were the first to try out Bath’s Lux­ury Gift Wrap­ping ser­vice. Sim­ply pop into the Lux­ury Gift Wrap­ping Sta­tion in Mil­som Place and the ex­pert team of 100 vol­un­teers will work their magic so that your gifts are beau­ti­fully pre­sented. Open­ing on Mon­day De­cem­ber 10, this won­der­ful ser­vice will be avail­able up un­til Christ­mas Eve. This per­sonal ser­vice is brought to you by the city cen­tre busi­nesses and Bath Busi­ness Im­prove­ment Dis­trict (BID). It is free at the point of ser­vice with sug­gested dona­tions be­ing made to Ju­lian House, the lo­cal home­less char­ity. With enough wrap­ping pa­per to cover Bath Abbey, there is no chance of run­ning out any time soon. The wrap­ping pa­per has been de­signed to cel­e­brate the stun­ning city of Bath. Avail­able in two colour pal­ettes – red and white or black and gold, and has iconic Bath sym­bols on it like the Ro­man Baths, Min­erva Owls and the Bath Rugby posts. From stu­dents to se­niors, Bath res­i­dents have vol­un­teered to wrap presents. Com­pa­nies from all across the city have come to­gether to make this ser­vice hap­pen. Suited & Booted, the film pro­duc­tion com­pany have recorded the train­ing video for vol­un­teers. Kate Smith from The Mak­ery has been teach­ing ev­ery­one to wrap. The Ivy Brasserie hosted the train­ing event. Mil­som Place have pro­vided shop space. Por­tico De­signs ad­vised on sup­plies and Steers Mcgillan Eves de­signed the wrap­ping pa­per. Ac­tress Re­becca Wheat­ley, who stars as Mrs Dar­ling in the The­atre Royal’s Pe­ter Pan and is best known for her work in Ca­su­alty, said: “I’m a ter­ri­ble Christ­mas wrap­per so this is fan­tas­tic. “It’s a bril­liant way to sup­port the amaz­ing work of Bath’s home­less char­ity Ju­lian House by mak­ing a do­na­tion whilst get­ting all your Christ­mas presents wrapped up beau­ti­fully by ex­perts at the same time! In the Christ­mas mad­ness, we could all use an ex­tra pair of hands and the spe­cially-de­signed wrap­ping pa­per is gor­geous. “If you’re a clever ex­pert wrap­per your­self with time to spare, there’s still an op­por­tu­nity to vol­un­teer and show the rest of us how it’s done. “Or if you love the idea of some­one else wrap­ping your gifts, as I do, this ser­vice is the an­swer to all your Christ­mas dreams.” Al­li­son Her­bert, CEO of Bath BID, said: “We want to make sure that vis­i­tors to the city have the very best cus­tomer ser­vice. “It’s a top notch ser­vice, it’s free of charge and an­other way for us to en­sure that Christ­mas shop­ping in Bath is an ex­tra spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence. “We have 6km of this gor­geous pa­per, which we worked out is just enough to cover Bath Abbey, and over 100 peo­ple trained, so we are ready, will­ing and able to wrap presents for ev­ery­one.”

Paul Gillis

Bath The­atre Royal panto stars Re­becca Wheat­ley and Jenny Hux­ley-gor­don with Roxy Thomas who is a Christ­mas co­or­di­na­tor for Ju­lian House. They are wrap­ping Christ­mas presents to pro­mote a char­ity gift wrap sta­tion avail­able in Bath

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