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Santa Sleuths Needed to Find Missing Mayor!

09 November 2020

Basingstoke Together are calling for all Santa’s Super Sleuths to help find Basingstoke’s missing Mayor this Christmas.

As the clocks have gone back, the nights are getting longer and the weather is getting colder it can mean only one thing. Christmas is coming! Although, with the recent announcement of a nationwide lockdown, this year might be slightly different, one thing that is staying the same will be the return of the Snow Window decorations to the Top of Town. The bespoke designs are created to depict a Christmas scene bespoke to the business whose window they sit in. The windows have proved popular since their first installation in 2018, and a further 10 businesses have been added this year to take the total number of windows in the town to over 50.

A slight twist in the proceedings this year is the participation of the Mayor of Basingstoke Cllr Diane Taylor. Her image has been added into the design of one of the windows. The residents of Basingstoke are invited to follow a series of clues to help find the snow window where she’s been hidden. The clues can be found on the online trail book and will lead participants to 6 businesses at the Top of the Town who have a sticker with letters in their Snow Window. Finding all these letters will spell out the name of the business where the Mayor is hidden. On finding her, the Santa Super Sleuth detectives are encouraged to snap a photo of their party and share it on social media with the hashtag #BasingstokeTogether for their chance to win £100 worth of Christmas goodies.

The trail can be enjoyed in a Covid-19 secure manner. Participants are encouraged to try the trail as part of their daily exercise only with their household or support bubbles. They will be encouraged to follow all Covid-19 guidelines when moving around the Top of Town, including keeping to the left-hand side of pathways and the importance of remembering hands, face, space.

Jane Stewart, Chief Executive of Basingstoke Together Business Improvement District, who commissioned the window said “We are delighted to have the Snow Windows back for third year. They have always been popular with both businesses and residents so it’s great to be able to spread some Christmas cheer and add a bit of normality to this Christmas. We are also delighted to have the Mayor involved in this year’s trail, even if we have hidden her away! The trial is a great chance to explore the Top of Town and perfect for those taking their daily exercise and looking for something safe to do during lockdown. I’m sure everyone will have fun cracking the clues and I wish them all good luck!”

Cllr Diane Taylor said “I love puzzles and this one is a great idea. I’ve seen the windows and they are looking really good. This trail of clues is a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit whilst getting to know some of the businesses in this historic part of town. I hope you manage to discover me hiding in one of the windows!

The Snow Windows are being installed before the 5th November with the trail officially opening from the 12th November. Trail books can be download here.