November 29, 2008
Christmas lights to be switched on later today
preparations are underway for the switch-on of Burnham-On-Sea's
Christmas later today, Saturday November 29th.
60 lights have been installed on lamp posts and buildings in recent
days to add a splash of festive colour to Burnham's
main shopping areas.
large Christmas tree has also been installed outside
the Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street, pictured, from where the
switch-on will be performed at 5pm by Glastonbury Festival boss
Michael Eavis, who is this year's VIP guest.
afternoon of entertainment will be held beforehand on a stage
in Victoria Street, with a selection of Christmas songs and carols
being performed by Burnham's Curtain Call School of Performing
Arts at 2.30pm.
will be followed at 3.30pm by local folk group, the Jockstrap
Ensemble, who will play a selection of numbers from their
4pm, Father Christmas will be breaking off from his hectic pre-Christmas
schedule to distribute free sweets to local children.
at 4.30pm Boulevard Swing will perform several numbers leading
up to, and immediately following, the switch-on itself.
entertainment will conclude at around 5.30pm when members of Burnham
Chamber Of Trade and invited guests will move into the Princess
for a reception to celebrate the switch-on of the lights.
Turco, Chamber of Trade & Commerce Chairman, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The Chamber is pleased to announce this years switch
on event to celebrate shopping in Burnham-On-Sea."
again, various partners including the businesses of the town,
the Town Council, the District Council and County Councillor Mike
Facey have all made contributions to make sure that Burnham town
centre is well decorated."
will be some additions and alterations to this years display
following further investment into new lights. The Chamber of Trade
& Commerce looks forward to welcoming customers, residents
and visitors alike and wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas."
safety reasons, Victoria Street will be closed to traffic from
its junction with Vicarage Street to its junction with Princess
Street from midday until 6pm on the day.