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Published 17th Dec 2011

 Cllr Brenda Thompson with the reindeer

The names of Santa’s faithful helpers trip off the tongue – from Dasher, Dancer and Prancer, to Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph.

Now the challenge is on to find names for Newham Grange Country Farm’s two new reindeer.

The pair of females have been settling in to their new surroundings since their arrival last month, and are already a hit with visitors to the popular attraction.

The pair, aged one year and 18 months, are staying at the Coulby Newham farm over Christmas and have their own enclosure next to the farm’s wallabies.

Councillor Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “Reindeer are one of the great symbols of the festive season, and it’s fantastic to have a pair at Newham Grange.

“The farm is renowned for its animals which are a hit with children, parents and grandparents, and these two are already firm favourites.

“People have come up with some great names for our other animals in the past, and I’m looking forward to some imaginative suggestions for our latest arrivals.”

The two lucky winners – to be chosen after entries close at noon on Thursday, December 22 - will receive adoption packs worth £25 each.

Included in the packs are a certificate of adoption, free passes to the farm, vouchers for animal food, a photograph of the adopted animal and

a fact sheet about the species.

To enter the competition, send your suggestion to or visit the Newham Grange Country Farm page on facebook.

Useful links

Newham Grange Country Farm

Newham Grange Country Farm page on facebook

Newham Grange Country Farm on flickr

Newham Grange Country Farm on twitter

Caption:  Cllr Brenda Thompson with the reindeer 

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