Reindeer measuring sends Sunderland couple to Dubai

jan and Alan Richardson have won the Metrocentre's Christmas competition and a trip to Dubai.
jan and Alan Richardson have won the Metrocentre's Christmas competition and a trip to Dubai.
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CHRISTMAS may seem like a distant memory but one couple are celebrating thanks to Santa’s reindeer.

Jan and Alan Richardson, from Seaburn, are jetting off to Dubai after winning a festive competition.

The couple have bagged themselves flights from Newcastle to Dubai, courtesy of Emirates, and luxury accommodation in the five-star J.W Marriott Hotel.

More than 15,000 shoppers entered the MetroCentre’s competition to guess the height of Glitzen – the centre’s reindeer which is 12.22 metres tall.

The reindeer is thought to be the largest in the world and Jan was the only one who guessed its height correctly.

Jan said: “I was shocked and absolutely delighted when I took the phone call.”