David Beckham pops into town to spread a little early Christmas cheer

Mr. George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bay Sands and David Beckham with Sands for Singapore beneficiaries. --  PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Mr. George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bay Sands and David Beckham with Sands for Singapore beneficiaries. --  PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Sands for Singapore beneficiaries with their presents from Marina Bay Sands Team Members. -- PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Sands for Singapore beneficiaries with their presents from Marina Bay Sands Team Members. -- PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Sands for Singapore beneficiaries with their presents from Marina Bay Sands Team Members. -- PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Sands for Singapore beneficiaries with their presents from Marina Bay Sands Team Members. -- PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
David Beckham and Kayla opening the Jack in a Box for the Festive Light-up. -- PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
David Beckham and Kayla opening the Jack in a Box for the Festive Light-up. -- PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Fans gathered at the Skating Rink for the Festive Light-up with David Beckham. -- PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Fans gathered at the Skating Rink for the Festive Light-up with David Beckham. -- PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Mr. George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bay Sands and David Beckham with Kayla at Marina Bay Sands Festive Light-up. -- PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Mr. George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bay Sands and David Beckham with Kayla at Marina Bay Sands Festive Light-up. -- PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Marina Bay Sands lit up for the festivities. -- PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Marina Bay Sands lit up for the festivities. -- PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
David Beckham takes pictures with a group of beneficiaries from Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre, Association for People with Special Needs and Student Care Services, who were present at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre for the meet-and-greet ses
David Beckham takes pictures with a group of beneficiaries from Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre, Association for People with Special Needs and Student Care Services, who were present at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre for the meet-and-greet session. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
David Beckham with MBS president and CEO George Tanasijevich as they launch the Christmas light up for Marina Bay Sands .-- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
David Beckham with MBS president and CEO George Tanasijevich as they launch the Christmas light up for Marina Bay Sands .-- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
David Beckham stands at the Christmas tree with 8-year-old Kayla as they prepare to launch the Christmas light-up together for Marina Bay Sands at the skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
David Beckham stands at the Christmas tree with 8-year-old Kayla as they prepare to launch the Christmas light-up together for Marina Bay Sands at the skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Fans of David Beckham asking for autographs and taking his picture as he takes his leave after launching the Christmas light up for Marina Bay Sands at the skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Fans of David Beckham asking for autographs and taking his picture as he takes his leave after launching the Christmas light up for Marina Bay Sands at the skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
David Beckham is greeted by fans as he arrives at the Marina Bay Sands Skating Rink for the launch of the Christmas light up for Marina Bay Sands on Nov 15, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
David Beckham is greeted by fans as he arrives at the Marina Bay Sands Skating Rink for the launch of the Christmas light up for Marina Bay Sands on Nov 15, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
David Beckham high-fives one of about 200 beneficiaries from Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre, Association for People with Special Needs and Student Care Services, who were present at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre for the meet-and-greet sessio
David Beckham high-fives one of about 200 beneficiaries from Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre, Association for People with Special Needs and Student Care Services, who were present at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre for the meet-and-greet session. --ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Former England team captain David Beckham breezed into town over the weekend to help Marina Bay Sands launch its Christmas celebrations.

The 39-year-old, who is also Sands ambassador, helped turn on the Christmas lights for the integrated resort in a ceremony at the skating rink on Saturday evening. A crowd of more than 1,000 had gathered for a glimpse of Beckham.

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The dapper football star had, earlier in the afternoon, joined some 200 youth and children from Association for Persons with Special Needs, Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centres and Student Care Service for a question-and-answer as well as a photo-taking session.

These beneficiaries of Sands' designated charities also received presents contributed by the Sands staff.