CHRISTMAS came early for a group of Wearside toy testers who put this year’s must-have presents through their paces.
Youngsters from Hudson Road Primary School, in Sunderland, were invited to The Bridges Shopping Centre, to road test the latest gadgets.
The 10 lucky pupils – aged between five and seven – even got to compile their very own Christmas wish list.
The toy testers were able to play with the toys from top retailers including Disney, Early Learning Centre, Debenhams, Build-A-Bear and Model Zone before voting on their favourites.
After lots of careful testing and consideration the children chose the Key-Boom-Board as their must-have toy for Christmas 2012, with the remote control Maisto RC Express Lane Car in second. Deck the Halls Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & Clarice, came in third.
Andy Bradley, centre director at The Bridges said: “It was a great opportunity for local school pupils to sample the must-have toys available right here in The Bridges and for them to get a glimpse of what they would like Father Christmas to bring them this Christmas.
“The testers’ official list will also help mums and dads across the city by providing a definitive list of toys that is relevant to the children of Sunderland and I’m sure many of toys will be on a lot of wish lists this year. All the products on the list are available at stores within our centre making it easier for parents to help Santa find those all-important presents.
“What’s more, we all know how difficult children can be to buy for when there are so many toys to choose from so we hope our official list proves to be a fool-proof guide for any shoppers who are trying to decipher what children will be hoping Santa brings them on Christmas morning.”
Maria McGrory, Year 2 teacher for the class, said: “We were approached by The Bridges and asked if we would like to take part. We are within walking distance of The Bridges and we have done lots with them before.”
“All the names were put into a hat and drawn out at random. I’ve 22 children and if they had the space to accommodate them all I would have taken them all, they’re a lovely class.”
“They thought they were so special with their white lab coats on; getting to play with all the toys and marking them all out of 10.”