Sharn’s Christmas greetings to St Leonards ethnic groups

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A SCHOOLGIRL brought festive cheer to the ethnic communities of St Leonards by designing a banner, wishing them the compliments of the season in their own language.

Twelve-year-old Sharn Lewis, who goes to Helenswood, spent several days of research before making the 10ft by 3ft banner, which features the words ‘Merry Christmas’ in more than 50 languages.

Together with the help of her dad, Kevin, of Pevensey Road, St Leonards, they also visited shops and businesses in London Road.

After the banner was complete it was displayed throughout the festive period outside Christ Church Parish Centre in London Road.

Sharn said: “I thought this would be a good idea so discussed it with my dad, who thought it would be good to design such a banner.

“We went to all of the businesses in St Leonards, asking them how to say ‘Merry Christmas’ in their individual languages.

“We also used the internet as well before writing out the greeting in around 50 different languages.”

Unfortunately some of the greetings were washed off due to the recent snowfall.

Mr Lewis said: “As the town has become multi-cultural we thought this was a nice community thing to do.

“We were inspired by Ben Eine’s work and the Banksy painting on St Leonards beach.”