Unsung heroes will be focus of Old Town Christmas Lights switch-on

By Ben Fitzgerald - 8 November 2018

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Preparations for this year’s Old Town Christmas Lights event are in full-swing, with residents of Swindon being encouraged to show their support for the local business community on Sunday November 25th.

The theme for the main switch-on event this year will focus on the community as well as unsung heroes. The Christmas Lights along Wood Street will be switched on at 5pm, by one of Swindon’s longest-serving nurses with the NHS, Toni Starr, amongst others. The NHS is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. 

Sister Toni joined the organisation here in the town in 1964, and continues to do so at the Great Western Hospital, within the Special Baby Care Unit, looking after newborns that need extra care.

Wood Street will feature food and drink stalls, as will Joiner Lane with the addition of Santa’s Grotto and a Kids Zone too.

Entertainment will be provided across two stages by local dance and performance groups, including the likes of Ministry of Samba, DanzXpres Bollywood Dancers, and Swindon Hotsteppers, with a main stage takeover for the final hour before the switch-on by Wilkes Academy. 

Alex Pollock, of the Old Town Business Association, said: “Our plan this year has always been to make it bigger and better than last year, and to involve more people from different walks of life. 

“We’re calling on the people of Swindon to turn out in their thousands once more, supporting local talent and the plethora of independent businesses that are involved.”?

The event is being sponsored and supported by a number of local businesses and groups, including South Swindon Parish Council. 
Their Chair, Chris Watts, said; “We’re pleased to be able to support this fantastic event. ?

“Year on year, the volunteer organisers have delivered and improved this marvellous winter festival through hard work and dedication. ?

“As a new Parish Council we understand that this is exactly where we should focus our support, giving a boost to local businesses and bringing joy and Christmas spirit to many of our Parishioners.”

The afternoon’s festivities will start from 12pm, with businesses throughout Old Town open for trade, as well as a second area of entertainment along Joiner Lane. 
The lights are scheduled to be turned on at 5pm, with details of the finale available to the public the week before the event.

Stay connected to the event via the ‘This Is Old Town’ Facebook page, which is owned and managed by the Old Town Business Association. 

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