Following an exhaustive search, two lucky youngsters have rolled up their sleeves to help Santa choose this year’s top toys.

Hundreds of good boys and girls applied to be toy testers, with Zoe Honeyman (6) from Greenhills in East Kilbride and Brodie Wilson (7) from Busby, coming out on top to put this year’s most popular toys through their paces at The Entertainer toy store in EK, East Kilbride.

The two testers had a ball playing and testing everything from toy dogs, Jenga and remote control cars to Nerf blasters, Jenga and Operation.

Zoe, who attends Greenhills Primary School, said: “I couldn’t believe it when my mum told me I was going to be a toy tester.  I loved playing with all the toys but I think Waggles the dog was my favourite.”

Brodie, who is a pupil at Busby Primary, added: “I love The Entertainer and was really excited when I found out I was going to be able to play with the toys.  The Nerff blasters were great fun.”

To thank them for helping with such an important task Brodie and Zoe were each awarded a £50 gift voucher from The Entertainer plus a goodie bag.

A spokesperson for EK, East Kilbride, said: “Zoe and Brodie were amazing toy testers and did a great job.  We will now make sure all their recommendations are passed onto Santa when he arrives in East Kilbride at the weekend.”

Any youngsters looking to tell Santa in person what they would like this year can come along to EK’s festive forest grotto this Saturday and Sunday and in the run up to the big day from 22nd to 24th December.

There is no charge to see Santa, although visitors are encouraged to make a donation to EK charity Kilbryde Hospice at the grotto.