Barking and Dagenham College students have been working as Santa’s little helpers.

More than 20 of the college’s technical theatre students created a grotto at the Broadway Theatre in East London for more than 2,000 visitors expected to turn up to see the man in red.

They also spent four weeks creating a grotto in Redbridge.

One of the group, 18-year-old Oliver Lyon, said: “It was really challenging but loads of fun. My role was to manage resources and time to ensure the project was completed by the deadline.

“We experimented with lots of different material and techniques to make sure the grotto looked as good as possible. Both the theatre and Redbridge Council are really pleased with the results.”

Justin Farndale, programme leader for technical theatre, said: “Throughout this project the students got the chance to learn about different design and painting techniques that can be used in theatre. It was fun, worthwhile and great work experience.”

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