Terry Pratchett to switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Xmas lights today
preparations are underway for leading fantasy author Sir Terry
Pratchett to switch on Burnham-On-Sea's
Christmas lights today (Saturday,
afternoon of festive entertainment will be held from 2.30pm outside
the Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street ahead of the big switch-on
by Sir Terry (pictured) at 4.45pm.
from St Andrew's School and St Joseph's School will perform carols
to start the afternoon, followed by the Mudlarks Community Choir,
and local rock group Vermin at 4pm.
Christmas is due to arrive at around 3.50pm on a train specially
built by Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club.
Terry - 'the Grand Illuminator' - will join Burnham's Mayor, the
town's Carnival Queen and Princesses plus local radio presenter
Ian Burrage for the switch-on ceremony itself at 4.45pm.
to time constraints, Sir Terry won't be in a position to sign
any individual books but pre-signed mementos will be handed out
during the event.
attractions will include BEES (Burnham Excellent Entertainment
Society) providing face painting, displays by local services including
BARB, Burnham Lions, and refreshments from Burnham Lions.
Rhonda Mills, Chairman of Burnham's Chamber of Trade, which is
organising the event, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It is a great
honour to have such a prominent author kindly agree to switch
on our Christmas lights. We are very much looking forward to welcoming
Sir Terry to Burnham and to be holding such a superb afternoon
Victoria Street will be closed between The Ritz Cinema and Princess
Street from around 12 noon to allow for setting up of the stage,
equipment and other preparations.
Pictured: Sir Terry Pratchett - who has been dubbed on Twitter
as the #Grandilluminator - and Santa at last year's switch-on
Burnham Chamber of Trade website
page for Christmas lights switch-on