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South Devon College carpentry students add some Christmas sparkle to railway fun

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 15, 2013

over the moon:  The carpentry team, led by Jonny Standing, with the sleigh

over the moon: The carpentry team, led by Jonny Standing, with the sleigh

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SOUTH Devon College students have created a sleigh and reindeer to help make Christmas at Babbacombe Cliff Railway magical for children.

Cliff railway staff member Sarah Foley took on the task of organising this year's Christmas activities and she had a vision of a sleigh and reindeer to greet children as they arrived.

South Devon College lecturer Jonny Standing said his Carpentry Level 1 students would gladly take on the project.

Sarah said: "I'm thrilled with it.

"It's even better than I imagined and the students have all worked so hard. We're really grateful to them all."

Jonny said the students enjoyed working on the sleigh and reindeer.

He said: "It's great for them to make something they know will be used and enjoyed by others.

"It's also particularly nice to work within the community and I was over the moon with the way the students liaised with the cliff railway and managed the project from start to finish in their teams, working as an effective production line.

"It's amazing they have only been on the carpentry course for 10 weeks."

The project inspired Jonny to offer the service to local schools and the students have now made 19 reindeers for various schools including Priory School, Coombe Pafford, Watcombe and Furzeham with the schoolchildren painting them as part of a competition.

Once created, the project was handed over to the painting and decorating department where Paul Robbins and his Level 1 students took on the job of painting and varnishing it.

The finished reindeer and sleigh were unveiled on the first day of the Babbacombe Cliff Railway's Sparkling event on Sunday.

The event runs on the next two Sundays on December 15 and 22, from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

There will be lots of fun and crafts down in the Christmas Den on Oddicombe Beach.

The reindeer and sleigh will have pride of place in the top station, setting the scene as passengers board the Christmas Cliff Railway.

Tickets cost £5.95 per child plus one adult.

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