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Published 4th Jan 2012

A&E medical secretary, Gillian Robins with Councillor Brenda Thompson at Newham Grange Country Farm

Two new arrivals at a popular Middlesbrough attraction have been named following a competition.

The reindeer arrived at Newham Grange Country Farm just in time to entertain visitors in the run-up to Christmas.

The two females, aged one year and 18 months, have their own enclosure next to the wallabies at the Coulby Newham farm.

Members of the public were invited to suggest names for the pair – and staff were delighted at an avalanche of entries ranging from the traditional (Dancer and Prancer) to the humorous (Brussel and Sprout).

After much deliberation, they settled on Gillian Robins’ entry of Willow and Lichen as the clear winner.

Gillian, a medical secretary in A&E at The James Cook University Hospital, said: “I chose Lichen and Willow as names for the reindeer as this is what reindeer eat.

“I hope it will give visitors to the farm something to talk about and encourage them to learn more about reindeer as a species.”

The 35-year-old’s prize is an adoption pack worth £25 featuring 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.

Councillor Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Public Health and Sport, was part of the judging team: “We had some wonderful entries and certainly had our work cut out in choosing a winner.

“But we felt Gillian’s suggestion of Willow and Lichen was both novel and highly appropriate, and it stood out as a clear winner.

“Reindeer symbolise the magic of Christmas and I’d like to thank everyone who entered the competition for their contribution.”

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Caption: A&E medical secretary, Gillian Robins with Councillor Brenda Thompson at Newham Grange Country Farm

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