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Chiswick goes Euro 2004 mad

Spot flags on Turnham Green Terrace and win a prize

Chiswick is about to go Euro-mad as dozens of children take part in a treasure hunt for European flags and dress up in European costumes. The events will herald the start of next month’s Bedford Park Festival and football's Euro '2004 tournament, both starting on Saturday June 12th.

From this weekend, 25 traders in Turnham Green Terrace, W4, will be displaying small European flags in their windows. Children who spot them all will win a certificate and the first prize is a trip to the Children’s BBC TV studios at White City.

The Europe '2004 Treasure Hunt is sponsored by Fletcher Estates in the Terrace, where entry forms can be picked up free of charge. The winners will be announced on Saturday June 12th, at the opening of the Green Days fete and craft fair, on the Green opposite Turnham Green tube station.

The children’s Fancy Dress Parade, which opens the Festival, will also be on the theme of Europe '2004. “We chose it because the Euro '2004 tournament starts that day and there are now more countries in the European Union” said Torin Douglas, one of the festival organisers. "We're hoping to see some traditional European costumes and also imaginative depictions of what Europe means in 2004." Entry is free and children should assemble at St Michael's Parish Hall at 10.30am on Saturday 12th.

Children will be at the heart of this year’s Festival, as they have been every year since it started in 1967. As well as the Fancy Dress Parade on the Green, there are two five-a-side football competitions to watch, once again sponsored by Bushells estate agents in the Terrace. They can take also part in the ’Pop Idol’ talent contest, or watch 'Musical Mayhem!', performed by St Michael & All Angels‘ Junior Choir, as part of which they can vote for Chiswick's Favourite Musical!

The full programme can be seen at  The money raised this year will go to Chiswick's Micro Loan Foundation, which makes loans to the poor in Malawi; the Upper Room project supporting the homeless in Shepherd's Bush, including its new breakfast club in White City, UR4Kids; and the repainting of St Michael & All Angels church.

Turnham Green Terrace traders taking part in the Treasure Hunt are: Fletcher Estates, LA, Indigo Delicafe, Chiswick Cobblers, Oliver Bonas, Something Nice, Macken Brothers, Snapdragon, Melbury’s, Tots, Mortimer & Bennett, Tops haircutters, Marmalade Jewellery, Covent Garden Fishmongers, Capricorn Travel, Sweaty Betty, Lizard, Theobroma Cacao, the Health Food Store, Andreas Georghiou, Rift, Whitman, White Stuff, Dynasty Menswear and Sport Centre.

May 30, 2004

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