One of the inspiring stars up on stage will be Corie Mapp (pictured), a gold medal winning GB athlete in para-bobsleigh, who has also competed in two Invictus Games. Corie discovered the power of sports recovery after losing both his legs in a bomb explosion while serving in Afghanistan in 2010. Corie takes pride in representing Help the Heroes.
The Switch On event will also feature Tabitha Green, on behalf of Swindon & North Wilts Deaf Children’s Society. Tabitha is a 10-year-old girl who is deaf and has Autism but who doesn’t let challenges get in the way of achieving her dreams. She is a talented singer and actress who has won many medals at drama and dance festivals.
Another shining star is Victoria Brown, on behalf of the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Movement. Victoria is just 14 years old and has just finished two and a half years of treatment for Leukaemia.
Co-organiser of the event, James Marshman (of It’s Toy Time) said “Old Town is all about community spirit and so to turn on our lights, we want people to be inspired by our stars who achieve tremendous amounts despite their own challenges. We are really excited to have Tabitha, Victoria and Corie with us, and I hope that Swindon residents will come up to see Old Town in all its glory”.
Alongside these inspiring stars, there will be music and dance acts performing throughout the day, including The Croft Primary School, singer songwriter Jordan Marvell, and ITV’s The Voice Kids’ contestant, Phoebe Maddison. Wilkes Academy will once again be treating the audience to a spectacular headlining performance showcasing some of the best singing and dancing talent in the UK.
Fellow organiser, Jessie Dennis (from Glamour Rose Cakes) added, “this event just keeps getting bigger and bigger. After a super successful Sausage & Ale trail in September, the Lights Switch On is something everyone looks forward to. I hope we can wow the crowds once again”.
The Lights Switch On also features some great food and drink offers from the Old Town Business Community and joining the line up this year is Gurtwings who will be providing their now famous spicy wings. They will be joining Old Town favourites Dotty’s Cafe, Wood Street Food Hall, Glamour Rose Cakes and Ballulas.
There will be a host of fun activities for young people too, including Santa’s grotto, with gifts from It’s Toy Time. There will also be famous children’s characters to interact with, and fun activities like Christmas biscuit decorating.
Sunday 24 November
Wood Street, Old Town
12pm - 5pm