A LUCKY ten-year-old has been picked to join Santa when he pulls into town this week.
Sheri-Leigh McMahon will ride up front with the big man aboard a vintage fire engine as he arrives at Ilkeston Co-op department store at 12noon on Saturday with presents for children.
The Awsworth Primary School pupil was nominated by her grandmother Valerie, who lives in Ilkeston, because of her struggle with severe eczema all over her body.
Valerie wrote: “The worst part for her was having it all over both feet, which made it difficult to walk but all along she was uncomplaining.”
Sheri-Leigh has had to wear a full body suit and take powerful drugs daily because of her condition.
“She is a very caring young lady whose schoolwork is suffering because of her illness,” continued Valerie.
“She’d love a treat like this and of course to meet Santa.”
Before Santa’s arrival, the free Christmas events continue this weekend to keep festive shoppers entertained.
In the Market Place, there will be a craft fair from 10am to 4pm on both Friday and Saturday to give shoppers the chance to pick up some gifts.
On Saturday there will be face painting for children alongside Erewash Sound’s live roadshow and a bird of prey demonstration by Kilton Pet and Raptor Rescue from 10am to 2pm.
Ilkeston Brass and Chaucer Infants School choir will be performing at the Albion Centre from 10am.
Back in the Market Place, there will be a performance by Top Brass and a climbing wall from 11am.
The Erewash Partnership Christmas Festival continues in Ilkeston next weekend.